Virginia abortion bill’s co-sponsor Kathy Tran cancels town hall citing ‘safety concerns’

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One of the sponsors of Virginia’s controversial abortion bill cited “security and safety concerns” as the reason behind the postponement of a scheduled town hall meeting.

Democratic state lawmakers had to table the event in Lorton on Saturday which was to have constituents meet with state Sens. Scott Surovell and George Barker as well as Del. Kathy Tran, a co-sponsor of Virginia’s Repeal Act, a bill that sought to loosen restrictions on third-trimester abortions, Fox News reported.

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“Unfortunately, we are postponing our joint legislative town hall meeting scheduled for Saturday, February 2 due to security and safety concerns for our constituents who planned to attend as well as participants coming to youth sports activities at South County High School,” Tran wrote in a post on Facebook.

“We value talking to constituents about their concerns for our community and how we can help address them,” the first-term delegate from Fairfax County continued. “We had looked forward to continuing this dialogue and sharing legislative updates this weekend. While we are very disappointed to have to make this decision, the safety of our neighbors and constituents is paramount.

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“We will update our constituents once our town hall is rescheduled. We will continue to make ourselves available to hear our constituents’ priorities, including those with differing opinions,” she concluded.

The 41-year-old mother of four came under fire earlier this week after video of her speaking about the bill allowing abortion up until birth was slammed as it went viral.

Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam stepped into the mess as well, commenting on Tran’s bill while appearing to suggest leaving babies to die even after birth.

Tran attempted to clarify her remarks, telling The Washington Post she “misspoke” in her comments on the bill, HB 2491, which was defeated by Republicans in the Virginia Assembly.

“I wish that I was quicker on my feet and I wish that I was able to be more agile in that moment,” she said. “And I misspoke, and I really regret that.”

In a video she posted on social media, the Democratic lawmaker addressed what she said was “misinformation” about the bill and sought to explain her position.

Tran, who came to the U.S. at the age of seven with her family from Vietnam, claimed that women in her district have supported her efforts to “make sure that politicians don’t get between a woman and her healthcare decisions.”

She also addressed the controversy that she sparked with the bill and her initial remarks in a speech to her colleagues Friday on the House of Delegates floor.

But Tran’s attempts to quell the controversy and to clarify her position seemed to make matters worse as the outrage continued over the bill allowing late-term abortions that could take place up to the moment a woman is in labor.

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