President Donald Trump said he would sign an executive order to “ensure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care that they deserve”.
In brief recorded remarks for the livestreamed National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, President Trump called it the “Born Alive Executive Order”, which pro-life leaders said would provide legal protections for babies born during “botched abortions”, like the Senate’s proposed Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act proposed would do if passed.
The Senate measure, sponsored by Nebraska Republican Ben Sasse, would require doctors, under penalties of fines and imprisonment, to provide the same care for a baby born alive after a failed attempt at abortion as they would for any child at the same point in its gestation.
President Trump’s “actions today provide necessary legal protections for some of the most vulnerable in society”, said Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, in a statement.
“These steps had to be taken,” she said, “because some Democrats in the Senate promised to block legislation that mandates basic medical care for children who survive an abortion – an extremist view shared by vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris.”
“Our nation is strong because of Catholics and all people of faith, and the belief that all children, born and unborn, have the right to life,” President Trump said in his remarks to the breakfast. He called the executive order “our sacrosanct moral duty”.
Prseident Trump was the first president to address the breakfast, held annually in Washington since 2004, since George W. Bush, who appeared at the gatherings from 2005 to 2008.
Picture: President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at Bemidji Regional Airport in Bemidji, Minn., on 18th September 2020. In brief recorded remarks for the livestreamed National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, the president said on 23rd September he would sign an executive order to “ensure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care that they deserve”. (CNS photo/Tom Brenner, Reuters).