The issue of abortion is tough. That discussion is best left to the Legislature and the courts. However, the situation described by Gov. Northam that recently caused an uproar on Fox News is not abortion.

These are the governor’s comments that started the furor and is totally misrepresented by the Fox News commentators who spoke with Del. Todd Gilbert and by Del.Gilbert, since he passed those comments on without any correction.

“There may be a fetus that’s not viable. So in this particular example, if a mother’s in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. 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.”

So, the Fox News commentators start there and then misrepresent his comments to support the idea of infanticide. Are you kidding? Let’s start with the definition of viable meaning capable of surviving or living successfully, especially under particular environmental conditions. He’s clearly talking about care for a newborn that is not going to survive. He’s stating that the birth would occur (Note: no abortion occurred!) and then the doctors and families would determine how to proceed, i.e. what particular environmental conditions will be needed to care for the baby comfortably until she/he is unable to live any longer even with the best of care.

I think most of us know of a family in which someone gave birth to a child that wasn’t going to live very long, and they had to decide how to provide the best care until the inevitable death outside the womb and have witnessed (or at least can imagine) the suffering and pain that brings. It happens.

To turn this into a claim of infanticide, i.e., that “they’re going to kill newborns,” is disgusting. To turn a family’s pain of not having a viable baby after they have worked hard to support the fetus through the pregnancy into political talking points is beyond belief! Delegate Gilbert, you are better than this!

Michael Cash, Maurertown