Northam told a radio interviewer that he supported state legislation that would allow late-term abortions and noted that the procedures were usually done if the fetus had severe deformities or wasn't viable. Describing a hypothetical situation, he said if a woman were to desire an abortion as she's going into labor, the baby would be delivered and "resuscitated if that's what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue" between doctors and the mother.
Some Republicans said that showed Northam, a Democrat, was supporting infanticide.
The governor's spokeswoman said Northam, a pediatric neurologist, was only trying to describe the "tragic or difficult circumstances" involved in a late-term abortion.
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