Addressing the 16th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced that he will be signing an executive order to ensure that babies who are born alive – even if they are survivors of a botched abortion – will be given proper medical attention, not left to die.
In a video addressing the Prayer Breakfast, which was held virtually due to the coronavirus, Pres. Trump promised to “always defend the sacred right to life” and “always protect the vital role of religion and prayer in American society.”
The president then declared his intention to sign a “Born-Alive Executive Order” to protect “all precious babies born alive”:
“Today, I am announcing that I 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.”
Today, President @realDonaldTrump addressed the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast by video and announced he will be "signing the Born-Alive Executive Order to ensure that all precious babies born alive—no matter their circumstance—receive the medical care that they deserve." pic.twitter.com/087ZqZcGtL— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 23, 2020
Trump also said he wants to increase federal funding for neonatal research in order “to ensure that every child has the very best chance to thrive and to grow.”
The political push to provide additional protections for babies born alive intensified following Democrat Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s on-air comments suggesting that a decision to deny medical care to babies can be made after they are born, The Daily Signal explains:
Legislation called the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, considered in 2019 and again in 2020, would include criminal consequences for health care providers who violate the 2002 law. It also would require that proper medical care be given by the health care practitioner present if an infant is born alive.
The proposal emerged after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, suggested in a live radio interview that in some circumstances, mothers and doctors should be able to deny medical care to newborns who survive an abortion.
As CNSNews.com reported at the time, Gov. Northam made the comment during an interview conducted in June of last year:
NBC Washington’s Julie Carey asked Northam whether he supported a bill proposed by Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran (D), which would allow abortions--up to the moment of birth.
In response, Northam said that a baby born alive could be “kept comfortable” and then “resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired” – the implication being that the baby could be left to die if the family decided they did not want to keep their child.