Magazine February 25, 2019, Issue

Infanticide and the Left

Virginia General Assembly delegate Kathy Tran (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP/Getty Images)
Why liberals defend it, and how

Kathy Tran, a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, would like you to know that she “misspoke.” When a Republican colleague asked whether her legislation would allow a pregnant woman at term and in the middle of labor to have an abortion, she said yes. After a few days of uproar, she attempted a do-over: “I should have said: ‘Clearly, no, because infanticide is not allowed in Virginia, and what would have happened in that moment would be a live birth.’”

In the interim the Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, had offered general support for that legislation, which allows abortion

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Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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