President Donald Trump held nothing back during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, calling out lawmakers in New York and the governor of Virginia over the issue of late-term abortion.
The Republican leader asked Congress to “pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.”
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Trump’s comments come just weeks after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed into law a radical bill that legalizes abortion up to 24 weeks into pregnancy “or at any time when necessary to protect a woman’s life or health.”
And last week, embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) went on WTOP-FM to defend state Del. Kathy Tran’s (D) failed proposal to make late-term abortion easier to access. The Fairfax-based lawmaker claimed her bill would permit a woman to terminate her pregnancy even if she had begun labor.
Northam tried to defend the legislative proposal by describing a hypothetical situation in which a newborn infant would be “kept comfortable” and “resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired” while the mother and her doctors deliberated the baby’s future.
The president described both New York’s law and the failed Virginia law as “chilling.”
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 6, 2019
“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,” Trump said. “These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world.”
“And then,” he continued, “we had the case of the governor of Virginia, where he basically stated he would execute a baby after birth.”
Trump urged Americans of both political stripes to “work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life” and asked lawmakers to “reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God.”
Penny Nance, president and CEO of Concerned Women for America, praised Trump for his remarks about abortion during the high-profile event in Washington, D.C. Protection of the unborn, she said in a statement obtained by Faithwire, “is essential and fundamental to our nation.”
“Our nation desperately needs leadership on this issue at this time, and our president once again did not disappoint,” Nance said, in part. “President Donald Trump continues to be the most pro-life president in U.S. history. Thank you, President Trump, for your unwavering support of pre-born babies.”
In response to Trump’s call for legislation that would end the practice of late-term abortion, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D) has voiced her opposition to the proposal, calling it a “sad thing.”
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) February 6, 2019