1/30/2019 -- On the heels of New York's legalization of late-term abortion for nearly any reason, Democrats in the state of Virginia have proposed legislation that would allow the killing of an unborn baby via dismemberment abortion up until the moment of birth -- even while the mother is in labor with the child.
In a shocking exchange with Republican Todd Gilbert during a House subcommittee hearing, Virginia House Democrat Kathy Tran, the sponsor of the bill called HB2491 or the "Repeal Act," admitted that it would legalize abortion, even for perceived "mental health" issues, while the mother was in labor and about to give birth:
Heartbreaking... This isn't in New York, this isn't in California, this happened just this week right here in Virginia. @VAHouseDems proposed legislation to provide abortions up to just seconds before that precious child takes their first breath. Watch for yourself. pic.twitter.com/AxgPVyI6kU— VA House GOP (@vahousegop) January 29, 2019
Here is the exchange:
Gilbert: So how late in the third trimester would you be able to do that?
Tran: It's very unfortunate that our physician witnesses were not able to attend today.
Gilbert: No, I'm talking about your bill. How late in the third trimester could a physician perform an abortion if he indicated it would impair the mental health of the woman?
Tran: Or physical health.
Gilbert: Okay. I'm talking about the mental health.
Tran: Through the third trimester. The third trimester goes all the way up to 40 weeks.
Gilbert: Okay. But to the end of the third trimester?
Tran: Yep. I don't think we have a limit in the bill.
Gilbert: Where it's obvious a woman is about to give birth, that she has physical signs that she is about to give birth. Would that be a point at which she could still request an abortion if she was so certified? She's dilating.
Tran: Mr. Chairman, that would be a decision that the doctor, the physician, and the woman would make at that point.
Gilbert: I understand that. I'm asking if your bill allows that.
Tran: My bill would allow that, yes.
As previously reported, the qualifiers for a mother's "physical or mental health" to be considered "at risk," as it relates to getting an abortion, are intentionally broad, vague, and all-encompassing, being defined in Roe v. Wade companion case Doe v. Bolton as "all factors -- physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age -- relevant to the wellbeing of the patient."
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