- - Thursday, April 30, 2020

For millions of Christians in America, Good Friday is the most somber holy day of the year. It is a time for solemn reflection on the most unjust execution of all time: The crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In 2020, many were also feeling the ache of separation from their communities and family members because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a sacrifice endured because state leaders, among others, have told us that’s what is necessary to protect the vulnerable and save lives.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam chose to observe Good Friday by signing into law a radical expansion of abortion on demand, gutting hard-won protections for unborn children and the health and safety of their mothers. The new law not only repeals key informed consent provisions, but for the first time, it permits non-physicians (such as nurse practitioners) to carry out abortions. Religious leaders called Mr. Northam’s choice of timing a “particular affront to all who profess the Gospel of life.”

This isn’t the first time Mr. Northam’s outrageous conduct has sparked widespread disgust. Last year as Delegate Kathy Tran proposed an even more radical abortion bill that, by her own concession, would have legalized abortion on demand even at the point when a woman is in labor, Mr. Northam was asked if he supported this effort. In defending it, Mr. Northam — a pediatrician — went even further and described how a baby born alive during an abortion could be left to die:

“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” about whether or not to provide life-sustaining medical care to the helpless child.

Mr. Northam’s Good Friday assault on life should set alarm bells ringing across the nation, the same way his shocking endorsement of infanticide did. It is a sharp reminder that elections have consequences and that Mr. Northam could only sign this horrid legislation because the narrow Republican majority in the legislature that had held the line for years was recently swept away. Abortion extremists can only impose their twisted vision if we who stand for life fail to use the tools of democracy that are the birthright of every American.

The stakes couldn’t be higher this November. Every Democratic contender for president in 2020 has favored abortion on demand through birth, and even infanticide, paid for by taxpayers. Presumptive nominee Joe Biden is no exception. Both Mr. Biden and Mr. Northam were once perceived as moderates, but those days are long gone as they race leftward to appease an increasingly radical base. Ever since Mr. Biden reversed his position on the Hyde Amendment, long-standing federal policy estimated to have saved more than 2.25 million lives by preventing taxpayer funding of abortions, he has fully embraced the abortion lobby’s extreme agenda.

And while a majority of Americans want abortion limited to — at most — the first three months of pregnancy, Democratic Party leaders in both houses of Congress have repeatedly blocked compassionate legislation to protect babies who survive abortions, as well as to stop late-term abortions after five months of pregnancy — a point when science shows unborn children can feel excruciating pain.

In stark contrast, President Trump has governed as the most pro-life president in history. Acting on the will of the people, he has done everything in his power to stop taxpayer funding of the abortion industry. He has had two outstanding U.S. Supreme Court justices and nearly 200 federal judges confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and potentially many more. At every opportunity, including two State of the Union addresses and virtually every rally, he has used his platform to call out Democrats’ extremism and urge Congress to send popular pro-life bills to his desk. He has even invited abortion survivors to meet with him in the Oval Office.

Democratic Party leaders have betrayed the most innocent among us, their pro-life constituents, and about one-third of rank-and-file members of their own party. Susan B. Anthony List’s canvassing team will be working nonstop through Election Day to educate and mobilize millions of voters in critical battleground states, including the pro-life Democrats and independents, to re-elect President Trump and win a pro-life Senate. This November don’t let extremist politicians wash their hands and move on — hold them accountable at the ballot box.

• Marjorie Dannenfelser is president of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List. She serves as national co-chair of Pro-Life Voices for Trump.

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