Will Virginia Vote for Abortion Extremism?

The Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond (Jay Paul/Reuters)
With the legislature up for grabs, Republicans warn voters about the perils of unchecked Democratic governance.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE ‘A   gaffe is when a politician tells the truth — some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say,” the journalist Michael Kinsley famously quipped. Earlier this year, Virginia Democrat Kathy Tran committed the worst sort of Kinsleyan gaffe, if the word “gaffe” is appropriate when discussing the horror of what Tran was proposing.

At a legislative hearing in January, Tran’s Republican colleague Todd Gilbert asked her about her bill remove existing restrictions on third-trimester abortions.

“So how late in the third trimester could a physician perform an abortion if he indicated it would impair the mental health of the woman?” Gilbert asked. “I’m

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