Few thoughts. As I’ve already stated, even if you believe that Northham would allow the intentional active killing of a child moments after birth, this is not the position of the overwhelming majority of the left, any more than white supremacy represents a tiny portion on the right.
Now, having said that. If you watch liberal news sources, you probably think that white supremacy is more widely accepted on the right and baby killing is more widely represented on the left. I would submit that these are perceptions fed to us by media rather than the objective truth of what happens in the lives of real people.
As far as Northhams comment, this was pretty hotly deliberated already. I disagree with your characterization of it, however, I will agree that Northam, as a politician, should know the importance of clarifying questions before they are asked rather than assuming that everyone will understand the context of the comments they make. I will also admit that his answer was extremely ambiguous and unclear and that he has, since the incident, not done enough to come out and clearly state the context of his answer.
Having said that, a spokesman for his office said: "the governor’s comments were “absolutely not” a reference to infanticide but rather “focused on the tragic and extremely rare case in which a woman with a nonviable pregnancy or severe abnormalities went into labor.”.
Now we can argue the moral issues that surround allowing a severely deformed child or a child with a severe life long birth defect to die naturally rather than taking measures to prolong its life, but characterizing this as “baby killing” is a bit disingenuous.
Point being that I think there’s a disconnect what the vast majority of those on the left support and how the right perceives the left as a group. Again, in fairness, I think that goes on on the left as well and I think that is the state of media combined with how people receive information in the age of the internet.
As far as pushing back…I do. I don’t beleive that “lat term” abortions should be allowed when there’s no medical reason to do so (sidestepping for a moment the issue of when late-term abortions are called in the case of rape). However, anyone that beleive that you should be able to abort perfectly healthy child weeks, days or even moments before birth does not have my support.
That said, what if the only choices we’re left with come from the most extreme views?
Ban all abortions under all circumstances
Allow abortions under any circumstance
Frankly, I don’t support either position.