Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam suggests women discuss abortion with their partners first

- Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia gathered in Manassas to endorse Virginia Lt. Gov and governor candidate Ralph Northam.

The event promoted Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC's announcement to support several candidates, including Ralph Northam, with $3 million of support. As part of their efforts, the group will knock on over 300,000 doors to spread their message.

Volunteers at the event began making phone calls on behalf of the campaign to encourage support.

During an interview with Northam, he suggested that women should discuss having an abortion with their partners before having one if they so choose.

“If they so choose, absolutely, because two are usually involved in this so I’ve always encouraged and have certainly taken care of a lot of patients in my practice and when a woman wants to make that type of decision it obviously should be shared with her partner and a (health) provider such as myself,” Northam, a pediatric neurologist said.

Northam also spoke about Planned Parenthood’s effect on women’s economic standing.

“Reproductive freedom for women and their partners equals economic freedom,” Northam said. He continued that anyone who does not support a woman’s choice or access to reproductive health care is “really out of step with Virginia.”

In the video player above, watch Northam’s full interview with FOX 5’s Ronica Cleary.

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