President Trump announced during the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, Sept. 23, that he will sign an executive order to ensure that babies born alive, including those who survive abortion, receive the medical care they need to survive, Breitbart reported.
Trump announced he will be “signing the Born-Alive executive order to ensure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care that they deserve. This is our sacrosanct moral duty.” And we will also increment “federal funding for neonatal research to ensure that every child has the very best chance to thrive and to grow.”
The president’s long-awaited announcement is responding to two major issues: the progress of Democratic policies on the abortion issue and the lack of protocols to try to save babies born prematurely.
In January 2019, a Democratic congresswoman from Virginia, Kathy Tran, introduced a bill to allow women to have abortions even as the baby comes out of the womb, which became known as late-term abortions, according to a Fox News article. A week earlier, New York under Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo passed a similar bill. Other states also later introduced similar bills to expand the limits for abortion to the 40th week or third trimester. Conservatives simply called the move “infanticide.”
In February of this year, Democrats in Congress blocked an attempt to amend a law that would allow babies who survive abortion to receive necessary medical care. Similarly, in the Senate, Republicans wanted to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy but did not get enough votes.
The issue of abortion for the next election will play a very important role for Americans. According to a February 2019 poll by Susan B. Anthony List, a nonprofit organization that seeks to reduce and eventually end abortion in the United States, 77% of Americans support a law that would allow babies who survive abortion to receive the same medical care that a baby born prematurely would receive. The poll included Democrats and Independents as well.
With President Trump’s possible re-election in November and the chance that Republicans will regain a majority in Congress and maintain a majority in the Senate, coupled with a Supreme Court majority of conservatives, the road may be paved for abortion to finally be banned in the United States … only God knows.