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Even Planned Parenthood wants Northam out as governor—but he's refusing to step down

The pressure to resign is mounting

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It's all falling apart quickly for Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam after his racist photo in a medical school yearbook made the rounds in the media.

Just a few days ago, Northam was publicly endorsing abortion up to and even after the birth of a child, or, as Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) called it, infanticide.

Friday, even the nation's largest abortion provider was calling for Northam to resign from his post as governor.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America president Leana Wen issued a statement Friday evening saying Northam must step down:

"In the wake of the release of yearbook photos of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam engaging in racist actions and language, Planned Parenthood Federation of America is calling for him to step down as governor of Virginia:

As the nation's largest provider of reproductive health care, we have a responsibility to advocate for all patients, and to provide compassionate health care to all . people who walk through our doors. There is no place for Gov. Ralph Northam's racist actions or language. He must step down as Governor. The people of Virginia need to be able to trust that their leaders will fight for them, and support policies that protect their health, safety and value their communities. Gov. Northam's actions have put that in doubt."

So far, however, Northam seems to think he can weather this storm, despite numerous prominent members of the Democratic Party turning their backs on him.

Following up his earlier statement apologizing for the photo, Northam posted a video on Twitter to further apologize for it.

"I accept responsibility for my past actions, and I am ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust," Northam said. I have spent the past year as your governor fighting for a Virginia that works better for all people. I am committed to continuing that fight through the remainder of my term, and living up to the expectations you set for me when you elected me to serve."

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