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US President Donald Trump denounced embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam in calling for tougher anti-abortion legislation.
In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Trump asked Congress to pass legislation to prevent "late-term abortion of children".
He attacked Northam - not by name, but by title - claiming he would "execute a baby after birth".
Northam, in an interview last week, defended, on rare occasions, the practice of third-trimester abortions.
Trump received the enthusiastic backing of evangelicals and pro-life advocates during the 2016 elections, and aides have said he planned to focus on the issue ahead of his re-election campaign.