A Virginia Democratic delegate is expressing regret for cosponsoring controversial legislation that would have allowed babies to be aborted up until the last second of birth, even while the mother is in labor.
In an email Wednesday, Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond) apologized for not exercising “due diligence” by closely examining the language of The Repeal Act before attaching her name to it.
“I made a mistake, and all I know to do is to admit it, tell the truth, and let the chips fall where they may,” she wrote. “I did not read a bill I agreed to co-patron and that wasn’t smart or typical. I will work harder and be better for it.”
Earlier this week, Del. Kathy Tran (D-Fairfax) was seen defending the bill during a heated exchange with Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) in a video that’s now gone viral.
On Thursday, the Democratic lawmaker sought to clarify her position in a video message she released on Twitter.
“Over the last few days, you may have heard a lot of misinformation about my bill to help women make their own healthcare decisions in consultation with their doctors. Here are the facts, straight from me,” Tran tweeted.
The response from the pro-life community was swift and brutal, with Live Action quoting part of the exchange between Delegates Gilbert and Tran: “A woman is about to give birth… she’s dilating… would that still be a point at which she could still request an abortion?” “My bill would allow that, yes” Those are the facts, straight from you. Abhorrent.”
And another pro-life advocate, Conservative in Marin, tweeted: “This is the BEST part, by far: you submitted a bill to SAVE THE CATERPILLARS on the same friggin day…”
Even Del. Adams acknowledged that the scenario Gilbert described during his back and forth with Tran amounted to “partial birth infanticide.”
“This remains a crime and would not be something any sane licensed physician would perform,” Adams wrote.
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