Trump rips ‘extreme’ Democrats: ‘They don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth’
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 26, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – President Donald Trump blasted “extreme” Senate Democrats whose votes yesterday showed they “don’t mind executing babies” born alive after failed abortions.
President Trump tweeted: “Senate Democrats just voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children. The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth.”
Senate Democrats just voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children. The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2019
Trump was referring to the U.S. Senate’s 53-44 vote on infanticide yesterday, which failed to reach the 60-vote threshold necessary for the bill to overcome the current filibuster rules and pass.
“This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress,” the president wrote in a follow-up tweet. “If there is one thing we should all agree on, it's protecting the lives of innocent babies.”
....This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress. If there is one thing we should all agree on, it’s protecting the lives of innocent babies.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2019
If it had passed, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would have required that “any health care practitioner present” at the time of a birth “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.”
Under the 2002 Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, babies who survive abortions are recognized as human beings with human rights; the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would have supplemented this law by specifying the treatment to which such babies are entitled.
The Act was introduced on the heels of Virginia’s Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam suggesting that in cases of “severe deformities” or a “nonviable” baby, a born-alive infant would be “delivered” and “kept comfortable,” but after that the child 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.”
Northam had been commenting on Virginia Del. Kathy Tran’s now-failed bill to expand late-term abortion. Tran admitted the bill would have allowed for abortion even as a mother was in labor.
Trump criticized Democrats’ abortion extremism during his 2019 State of the Union address, too, saying, “There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days. Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb moments before birth.”
“These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world,” he continued. “And then, we had the case of the governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth.”
“Democrats are also pushing extreme late-term abortion, allowing children to be ripped from their mother’s womb right up until the moment of birth,” he said at a rally. “What’s that all about?”
All Senate Democrats who have entered the 2020 presidential race voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
Three Democrats – Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Doug Jones of Alabama, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia – voted in favor of protecting babies born alive.
Three Republicans did not vote: Sens. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, pro-abortion Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Tim Scott of South Carolina.