Pelosi on Virginia Governor's Support for Post-Birth Abortion: 'I Just Don't Know What He Said'

By Emily Ward | January 31, 2019 | 1:11pm EST
House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi (D-Calif.) (C-SPAN)

( -- When asked at her Thursday press briefing about controversial comments that Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) made on Wednesday in support of post-birth abortion, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she did not know what Northam said.

"I just don't know what he said," Pelosi said.

A reporter asked Pelosi: "You often talk about the diversity of viewpoints in the Democratic caucus, and there are pro-life Democrats in your group. Considering the comments from Governor Northam yesterday, how does that make it harder for pro-life Democrats in the party, and does that cause problems going forward?"

Pelosi responded: "I'm sorry, I just don't know what he said yesterday. I just don't know."

The speaker then moved on to another reporter.

On Wednesday, in an interview with Julia Carey on WTOP's "Ask the Governor," Northam explained how a post-birth abortion would proceed, suggesting that a newborn infant could be left to die “if that’s what the mother and the family desired.”

“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” Northam said. “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 the mother.”

Northam’s comments were in response to proposed legislation by Va. Delegate Kathy Tran (D), who said her bill would allow abortion right up to the moment of birth.

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