After a grueling few days which featured a contentious defense of a brutal pro-abortion bill, the release of a medical school yearbook featuring a racially offensive photo, and an admission that he has appeared in blackface in the past, many are calling for the resignation of Governor Ralph Northam — including abortion industry leader Planned Parenthood. If the Governor resigns, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax would be the next Governor of Virginia. But if this occurs, it is possible that Virginians could be in an even worse situation with regard to pro-abortion extremism.
Described as “charming,” “energetic,” and “a rising star” in glowing op-eds, both recent and older, Justin Fairfax is an ambitious individual from Northern Virginia, who first ran for public office in 2013 and won the Lieutenant Governor race in 2017, during which he received an endorsement from Planned Parenthood. As part of a statement on International Women’s Day, Fairfax identified himself as “Vice-Chair of Planned Parenthood Metropolitan Washington Action Fund,” and suggested that abortion “empowered” women. Fairfax was called “our champion” by Planned Parenthood, which wrote prior to the elections, “Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia is honored to endorse Ralph Northam for Governor, Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor and Mark Herring for Attorney General.”
Fairfax is on record slamming Virginia’s 2012 ultrasound legislation, known as the “Right to Know and See Act,” the aim of which was to ensure that all women in early pregnancy seeking an abortion have an ultrasound with the screen facing them so they have an opportunity to view it — a common-sense informed consent measure. When this bill, previously introduced in the state legislature by his opponent, was brought up, Fairfax called the bill “the invasive ultrasound bill that forces women to have invasive ultrasounds […] I can’t think of a more intrusive thing that a government can do….” Opponents of such legislation frequently ignore the fact that ultrasound is considered by many to be standard procedure before an abortion — so common that even Planned Parenthood mentions it — so the gestational age can be obtained by the abortionist and an ectopic pregnancy can be ruled out.
Troublingly, the very pro-abortion Fairfax could be in office for a very long time — longer than usual, as Virginia governors constitutionally cannot serve consecutive terms. According to a Tweet by Larry Sabato, Director of the UVA Center for Politics, it’s possible that Fairfax could be in office from 2019 – 2025 if, after serving the remainder of Governor Northam’s term, he wins the 2021 election. Undoubtedly, this is on the mind of many on the left who are calling for Northam’s resignation, as the pro-abortion agenda in Virginia could move forward without racial scandal.
Fairfax himself seems to have given the Governor a gentle nudge. In a statement released on Saturday, Fairfax said:
I cannot condone the actions from [Northam’s] past that, at the very least, suggest a comfort with Virginia’s darker history of white supremacy, racial stereotyping, and intimidation. At this critical and defining moment in the history of Virginia and this nation, we need leaders with the ability to unite and help us rise to the better angels of our nature. I remain committed to serving and helping to heal the Commonwealth moving forward. Now more than ever, we must make decisions in the best interests of the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Having lost the support of Virginia Democrats, his party’s caucus, and having calls from the VA Democratic Black Caucus as well as Black leaders to resign, Northam faces enormous pressure if he stays in office, with almost no support. Other prominent Virginia politicians such as Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, Representative Robert Scott, former governors Terry McAuliffe, and Attorney General Mark Herring, all or most of whom initially expressed cautious support of the governor, have since called on him to resign. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders have even gone so far as to endorse Fairfax as the next governor.
If Justin Fairfax becomes governor of Virginia, it may mean much more of the likes of third trimester abortions and other measures like Delegate Kathy Tran’s bill, which allowed for abortions even when a woman is in labor. Indeed, if more pro-abortion delegates are elected this fall, Virginians must prepare themselves for a very uphill battle for the lives of the unborn.
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