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Animal Cruelty Overrides Infanticide in Virginia: Governor Signs Bill

Cherie Vandermillen

Governor Ralph Northam

As the legislative branch in the state of Virginia began their introduction and/or debates on new or current proposed legislation this year, infanticide was one at the top of the list.

Additionally on that list of legislation was a bill that would make animal cruelty of dogs and cats a felony.

Virginia State Senator Republican Bill DeSteph crafted the legislation after a dog named “Tommie” had been tied to a pole and intentionally set on fire.

The passed legislation makes:

the “cruel and unnecessary ‘beating, maiming, mutilating, or killing a dog or cat” to a Class 6 felony charge. Earlier legislation had stipulated an animal had to die because of abuse to be considered a felony offense in the state.”

Monday, April 1, Democrat Governor Ralph Northam signed the bill which takes effect on July 1.

Imagine that cruelty to animals supersedes the cruelty inflicted on the unborn as they’re murdered in the womb.

The insanity of believing that dogs, cats, or any other animal on planet Earth would have more rights to live unharmed or under the threat of death than unborn babies.

The state of Virginia is a vivid example of this very insanity affecting the minds of those who would rather place an animal on an ‘endangered species list’ than to protect the lives of the unborn. It’s apparent that most Virginians (by how they vote) are pro-murder for the most vulnerable among us, babies in the womb.

And the two of the political proponents in inflicting this atrocity are state House Democrat Kathy Tran and her unapologetic side-kick Governor Ralph Northam. And the proposed Viriginia legislation to get it done, HB 42491.

This controversial state House Bill 42491 is intended to allow abortion through the third trimester and up-to the point of delivery reignited the national abortion debate.

The debate became national news when Virginia House Delegate democrat Kathy Trans defended her proposal of the bill removing obstacles in obtaining late-term abortions.

Video of controversial debate:

An excerpt from the debate between Kathy Tran and House Majority Leader Republican Todd Gilbert:

Gilbert: So how late in the third trimester would you be able to do that?
Tran: It’s very unfortunate that our physician witnesses were not able to attend today.
Gilbert: No, I’m talking about your bill. How late in the third trimester could a physician perform an abortion if he indicated it would impair the mental health of the woman?
Tran: Or physical health.
Gilbert: Okay. I’m talking about the mental health.
Tran: Through the third trimester. The third trimester goes all the way up to 40 weeks.
Gilbert: Okay. But to the end of the third trimester?
Tran: Yep. I don’t think we have a limit in the bill.
Gilbert: Where it’s obvious a woman is about to give birth, that she has physical signs that she is about to give birth. Would that be a point at which she could still request an abortion if she was so certified? She’s dilating.
Tran: Mr. Chairman, that would be a decision that the doctor, the physician, and the woman would make at that point.
Gilbert: I understand that. I’m asking if your bill allows that.
Tran: My bill would allow that, yes.

It didn’t take long before Governor Ralph Northam enter the forway. Northam hold’s the same position on infanticide as does Kathy Tran. It’s a woman’s right to obtain an abortion at anytime during pregnancy.

Despite being caught on an unedited video supporting unrestricted abortion, Northam defended his support of infanticide,and he intends to continue to push and push hard to see legislation become law in the state of Virginia. He does so without regret.

Claiming “misinformation,” Governor North said:

At the press conference, a small group of protesters, including a pregnant woman, silently held signs with pictures of infants and captions such as: “Endangered Species in Ralph Northam’s Virginia.” However, he was greeted with cheers and applause from the majority of attendees. […]
“We’re here to set the record straight. Virginia Democrats are on the side of ensuring women get the health care they need,” Northam said. Northam also accused Republicans of being uncivil in their response to the bill. “Virginia Democrats know that we’re better than that.
Northam then invited Mark Herring, the Democratic attorney general to speak.[…]


In an opening statement, the governor, who was met with applause and cheers, said he aimed to “set the record straight” on where Virginia Democrats stand on issues on women’s reproductive health. […]
“Virginia Democrats are on the side of ensuring women have access to the healthcare they need. There is a fundamental difference between us and the Republicans, in what we believe on a woman’s right to choose. We believe legislators, most of whom are men, should not be making decisions about women’s choices for their reproductive health.”[…]
“My Republican friends believe in something different,” Northam continued, “and that is no secret. We can agree to disagree on this topic but we can be civil about it.”

Currently, HB42491 remains in the Virginia House: Courts of Justice.