Thank you for the link!
So, if I’m understanding correctly, the bill under consideration would allow for an abortion in the third trimester for specific instances.
The law currently states, “Virginia law currently prohibits third-trimester abortions, excepted in the extreme circumstances in which a woman’s life or health is at risk and that risk is certified by three physicians,”
Sounds to me like the bill would reduce the number of physicians to one, which the Governor said he’d like to see at least two, but not much else would change, would it?
more than one physician, by the way — and it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus that’s non-viable."
“In this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” he continued. “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
I think, and I could be wrong, but I think the second paragraph is referring to the first. I believe what he was saying is that if the child would not be expected to live after birth or would be severely deformed etc, that a late-term, 3t, abortion should be allowed. He was describing a case where a baby was stillborn or under duress and that the parents should have the opinion to decide whether to let the child die or take some action to save the child.
Not that he thinks that healthy babies should be able to be killed after they are born.
Now the question to the delegate was “would your bill allow for abortions while a woman was in labor?”
Now, no one has said it, but it sounds like you all think that they are advocating for abortions of healthy babies moments before the baby is born. Currently, that’s not in the law, and unless someone can prove otherwise, this new bill wouldn’t allow for that either, though it would allow a single doctor to make that choice, something I disagree with.
Furthermore, while I agree the bill leaves a lot to be desired, in what possible scenario would a woman about to give birth have her life saved if she aborted her baby at that moment?
It just sounds to me like they want to let doctors decide based on the situation, not the government.
The reality, in my opinion, is that if you let doctors decide, there are going to be rare cases where healthy babies are aborted, if you let the government decide, there will be rare cases where healthy mothers die because they couldn’t get an abortion.
If you keep the law the way it is, the chances of getting three doctors to make a choice like that would be pretty rare if ever.