September 24, 2020

President Trump Announces Executive Order to Protect Abortion Survivors

President Donald Trump speaking for the
virtual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast
On Wednesday, President Trump announced that he will sign a Born Alive Executive Order requiring doctors to provide medical care to all infants born alive after failed abortions.

At the virtual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Sept. 23, Trump said, “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.”

A bill known as the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act has been introduced to congress multiple times, but it has failed to garner the support needed to be brought to a vote.

The proposed law would have required physicians to provide infants born alive after attempted abortions with appropriate medical care; the same care that would be given to any child of the same gestational age. Some states have passed similar legislation, but nothing has succeeded at the federal level.

The executive order is expected to take heavy inspiration from the proposed Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, but the text has not yet been released.

President Trump also announced that his administration would be increasing federal funding for neonatal research “to ensure that every child has the very best chance to thrive and to grow.”

“We believe in the joy of family, the blessing of freedom and the dignity of work and the eternal truth that every child born and unborn is made in the holy image of God,” the President said. “I will always protect the vital role of religion and prayer in American society, and I will always defend the sacred right to life.”

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