The "evil of abortion" has led to the uncovering of several other problems among Virginia's political leaders, and the state will have to face the issues and deal with them, Rep. Doug Collins said Thursday.
"We're all made in the image of God, and we need to respect each other," the Georgia Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
He added that he finds it "amazingly silent" on the part of many groups in the wake of a woman's accusation of sexual assault against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, and on other issues including accusations of racism against Gov. Ralph Northam in connection with a racist photo under his name in a medical school yearbook.
In addition, Attorney General Mark Herring also admitted to dressing in blackface during college, adding another racism scandal to the growing list of issues that has rocked the state's upper government levels.
The scandals were kicked off after Northam made comments about late-life abortion, and Collins said Thursday that the time has come in the United States to "understand there are certain things that are wrong."
"Abortion is morally wrong, racism is morally wrong," said Collins. "When we look at sexual assault and treating women and men as unequal, that is morally wrong. When we understand that we can begin to move forward. That's deathly silent on those who brought the issues before rightfully so but now are deathly silent when it's one of their own."
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