Virginia Del. Kathy Tran was re-elected on Tuesday despite introducing perhaps the most radical piece of legislation in the state's history. Her bill, which she presented in the House of Delegates in January, would have legalized abortion up until the point of birth. Majority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) got her to admit that it would allow a woman to have an abortion even if she was dilating.
"I don't think we have a limit in the bill," she said, much too casually.
It was shocking to Virginians, and Americans in general. She was even compelled to release a video message on social media arguing that she was just trying to eliminate undue burdens on women who are seeking "this health care service." AKA abortion. The controversy may have been the reason why President Obama kept her off of his endorsements list last week.
But Virginia's 42nd district gave her another term, and the pro-life community is mourning.
“The election results in Virginia are disappointing for those who value life," March for Life President Jeanne Mancini said in a statement. "Earlier this year, Governor Northam and Delegate Tran made it clear where they would like to see Virginia in terms of abortion policy, that is allowing abortion up until birth and, as Northam explained, maybe even after birth. While pro-life Virginians rose up to defeat the Tran abortion extremism in committee and to condemn infanticide earlier this year, pro-abortion candidates in the state were helped by a $1.2 million PAC gift from New York billionaire George Soros, including a $350,000 check to Planned Parenthood Virginia. With 2020 around the corner, it’s an opportunity for the pro-life community to again come together to reject abortion extremism during the legislative session.”
Republican candidate Steve Adragna made Tran's extreme pro-abortion agenda a major talking point of his campaign as he pledged to root out her "extremism." But she beat him pretty soundly last night. The split was 60 percent to Adragna's 40 percent.
Between Tran's easy victory and Gov. Ralph Northam's nearly forgotten blackface scandal, political experts have concluded that Virginia is now officially blue.
Two blackface scandals, a sexual assault accusation, and post-birth abortion comments did zero damage to Democrats in Virginia, now a solidly blue state. https://t.co/Ehf8xWcyMa— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) November 6, 2019