Kathy Tran, the Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates who sponsored legislation that sought to make it easier for women to have late-term abortions—including up to the moment of birth—said in a Tweet she has pinned to the top of her Twitter account that her parents saved her when she was a baby by fleeing Vietnam.
“In 1979, my parents & I fled Vietnam as boat refugees,” Tran said in the Tweet that she originally made on Dec. 13, 2018.
“My dad was a dentist in the South Vietnamese Army & went to reeducation prison,” she said. “Upon his release, my parents took me, not yet seven months old, onto the open sea. They risked our lives for hope, opportunity & freedom.”
On Monday, Tran had an exchange in a Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee with Republican Delegate Todd Gilbert. In that exchange, she indicated that under her bill a woman could have an abortion even when she is dilating and about to give birth.
Gilbert: “So, where it's obvious that a woman is about to give birth – she has physical signs that she is about to give birth – would that still be a point at which she could request an abortion if she was so certified? She’s dilating.”
Tran: “Mr. Chairman, that would be a, you know, 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.”
Tran made her statement about fleeing Vietnam as a baby while retweeting a Tweet from The Atlantic that said the Trump administration was changing U.S. policy toward “Vietnamese migrants.”
The Atlantic Tweet said: “Exclusive: The Trump administration has decided that Vietnamese migrants who arrived before the establishment of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Vietnam are subject to standard immigration law—meaning they are all eligible for deportation.”