Virginia Governor Ralph Northam canceled an upcoming speech due to threats of protests. According to NBC Washington, members the of Fairfax County NAACP and the state Republican Party planned to mobilize before the event.

The Washington Post reported that Northam planned to speak at his alma mater Virginia Military Institute’s commencement ceremony. According to the paper, a spokeswoman for the governor confirmed the news saying the decision was “out of concern he would pull focus from the achievements of graduates and their families.” Moreover, he said Northam is ruling out any commencement speech in Virginia.

Late Term Abortion Controversy

Governor Northam came under public scrutiny after weighing in on Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran’s late term abortion bill. Appearing on a Washington radio show, Northam endorsed Tran’s move.



“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother,” said Northam.

The Yearbook Photo


On Feb. 1, the 1984 medical school yearbook photo started to circulate. Following the event, Northam issued an apology.

“This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service,” said Northam. “But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment.”

The governor later rescinded saying it wasn’t him in the photo and remains Governor of Virginia.