Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was given a chance to walk back his controversial comments that appeared to approve of the right to end the life of children even after they were born, and he gave a chilling response.
"Some members of your party have said privately that, and maybe one publicly," asked a reporter, "that your comments yesterday could have been more precise, or they weren't helpful."
"Do you think," he asked, "do you regret what you said yesterday or the way you said it?"
"No I don't," replied Northam.
"I'm a physician," he added, "I'm also the governor."
"But when I'm asked questions," he explained, "a lot of the times it is put in the context of being a physician, again realizing how we approach, how we manage patients, how we offer advice and counseling, so no I don't have any regrets.
"But I do find that how my comments," Northam added, "I did answer that question, I regret that those comments have been mischaracterized, the personal insults towards me I really find disgusting.
"So again as I said in my comments about this earlier, we can agree to disagree," he concluded, "but let's be civil about it."
Northam's office had previously attempted to clarify his comments by adding that he was speaking about the circumstances of child birth that were "tragic or difficult... such as a nonviable pregnancy or in the event of severe fetal abnormalities."
Democratic politicians have since avoided commenting on Northam's comments. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed that she simply hadn't heard what the comments were about, in an attempt to elude weighing in.
Here's the video of Northam's newest comments:
Gov Northam Refuses To Disavow Abortion Comments “I Don’t Have Any Regrets” www.youtube.com