Virginia House Democratic Member Says Her Bill Would Legalize Unrestricted Abortion Through Pregnancy and Labor

A Virginia Democratic House member acknowledged under questioning this week that her bill would legalize unrestricted abortion through all 40 weeks of pregnancy, even if the woman is dilated and in labor.

The bill, HB 2491, was defeated in committee, but not before its sponsor, Delegate Kathy Tran, answered detailed questions in a video that has gone viral. The bill would have removed most restrictions to late-term abortions.

Tran’s bill permitted third-trimester abortions if a pregnancy threatened a woman’s life or “impair[ed] the mental or physical health” of the woman. At least one doctor would have to certify those conditions. The bill would have removed the current requirement that three doctors agree that late-term abortion is required.

Such loopholes have been interpreted broadly by courts to permit abortion for virtually any reason.

“How late in the third trimester could a physician perform an abortion if he indicated it would impair the mental health of the woman?” GOP Delegate and committee chairman Todd Gilbert asked Tran.

“Through the third trimester,” Tran responded. “The third trimester goes all the way up to 40 weeks. … I don’t think we have a limit in the bill.”

Gilbert then pressed her: “Where it’s obvious that a woman is about to give birth – she has physical signs that she’s about to give birth. Would that still be a point at which she could request an abortion? … She’s dilating.”

Dilation is one stage of a woman’s labor.

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Source: Christian Headlines