Supporters of late-term abortions blame Trump for 'absurd imagery' on this topic at SOTU
On Tuesday nights State of the Union address, President Donald Trump upset supporters of late-term abortion. They blamed him for using graphic imagery to falsely describe how the procedure would be performed.
During his address, President Donald Trump argued that comments and legislation made in support of advancing reproductive rights were “chilling displays.”
President Trump: "To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother's womb" https://t.co/TreW1lnqhZ #SOTU pic.twitter.com/tykYQ9umnz— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 6, 2019
In reference to the new Reproductive Health Act, sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Liz Krueger, that was recently passed the president said:
“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. And then, we had the case of the Governor of Virginia where he basically stated he would execute a baby after birth.”
Last month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the new bill which actually expands access to abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy to women carrying a fetus that cannot survive outside the womb. In the past, the procedure was only available to women who were at that stage of pregnancy if their health was threatened.
The president concluded his abortion address by saying:
“To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb. Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children -- born and unborn -- are made in the holy image of God.”
Today I signed the #ReproductiveHealthAct — codifying Roe v. Wade into state law and protecting women's reproductive rights no matter what the federal government does.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 23, 2019
This is a victory for all New Yorkers. pic.twitter.com/90oMDDnCwV
In his speech, the president mentioned Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam who is in support of an abortion rights bill in his state. That bill states it “shall be available and utilized if there is any clearly visible evidence of viability.”
Northam is a pediatric neurologist. Advocates for the bill stated that Trump’s depicted scenario was just "absurd imagery" and a spokesman for Krueger, Justin Flagg, also supported the notion.
I’m appalled. I have no other words.— Nav K. Gill 😷 (@NavKGill) February 6, 2019
"If a healthy baby is born at 12:05, the only thing happening at 12:04 is labor. If it is a vaginal birth, the baby’s head would likely have been crowning for several minutes, and the labor itself going on for several hours or even days. In a cesarean delivery, the mother would have been prepped for surgery for some time."
There is no conversation to be had about later abortion that does not include the patients who have had them. So we wrote a letter.#openletter #laterabortion #SOTU2019 #SOTU #shoutyourabortion https://t.co/GeUQYaUOkX— RHAvote (@RHAVote) February 5, 2019
The president’s comments have come out at a time when abortion rights are more uncertain than ever. The main cause of this is because of the addition of conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
He’s more in favor of right-wing causes.
What New York’s Reproductive Health Act does: codify a legal right to abortion.— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) February 6, 2019
What it does not do: Allow abortion “minutes before birth.”
Thank you @NYGovCuomo for bringing facts back to the forefront of this conversation. https://t.co/aIsQpk7YpL
At the address, the president also showed his support for families to have more bonding time with their newborn children. He stated:
“I am also proud to be the first president to include in my budget a plan for nationwide paid family leave — so that every new parent has the chance to bond with their newborn child.”