Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expanding the killing of unborn babies in his state while working to abolish the killing of prisoners by the death penalty.
On Wednesday, the Democrat governor is expected to sign a law to abolish the death penalty in Virginia, according to the Associated Press. The law replaces the punishment with life in prison without parole.
The state has executed 113 prisoners since 1976, and two Virginians currently are on death row, the report states.
The killing of another human being for any reason is regarded as a very serious act because death is permanent and human life is valuable. Many Americans, including many pro-lifers, oppose the death penalty because they believe it is a cruel and unjust punishment, even for the worst criminals, and death cannot be reversed.
But when it comes to abortion, which also is the direct, intentional killing of a human being, many leftists like Northam abandon this thinking.
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Northam is notorious for defending both abortion up to birth and infanticide. In 2019, he defended a bill in the state legislature that would have legalized abortions up to birth. During a radio interview about the bill, he also supported infanticide, saying: “If a mother is in labor…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 mother.”
Then, two weeks ago, Northam also signed a law to expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions throughout the state. The new law repeals a ban on elective abortion coverage in the state Affordable Care Act health exchange. Now the health care plans cover abortion on demand for any reason, subsidized by taxpayers.
Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America, previous condemned the inconsistency of opposing the death penalty but supporting abortion.
“Preborn babies … also are human beings. No baby deserves the death penalty, and the real death row is the cold, dark, filthy chairs inside the Planned Parenthood abortion facility,” she said.
A unique, irreplaceable human life comes into being at conception, complete with his/her own unique genetic code. Yet, since 1973, 62 million unborn babies have been legally killed in abortions in the United States.
Hawkins said some people do not apply the same regard to unborn babies that they give to people on death row.
“I do find it troubling that the left is always more concerned about the rights of convicted murderers to live than the rights of preborn babies,” she said, adding, “Life should be protected from womb to tomb.”
The Guttmacher Institute reported 17,210 abortions in Virginia in 2017.