In a moment from his State of the Union speech Tuesday night that highlighted the stark difference between Republicans and Democrats on late-term abortions, President Trump brought up the unconscionable notion defended by embattled Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam of killing a born-alive baby if the mother does not want to save it. In response to the increasingly extreme abortion bills being proposed by Democrats — and in New York State’s case, passed into law — Trump said he’s urging lawmakers to “pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.”
“There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our Nation saw in recent days,” said Trump, flanked by pro-life Vice President Mike Pence and pro-abortion House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“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,” he continued, citing abortion activists’ cheers and applause caught on video following the passage of New York’s “abortion till birth” bill (see below). “These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world,” he added.
Trump then referenced the infamous defense of infanticide in some cases defended by Gov. Northam. “And then, we had the case of the Governor of Virginia where he basically stated he would execute a baby after birth,” said Trump.
“To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb,” he said. “Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God.”
As video of the moment documents, as Trump called for legislation to defend babies who can feel pain, Republican lawmakers stood and applauded enthusiastically, while the Democrats, led by the “Women in White,” sat sullenly. Here’s video of the moment from The Blaze:
Notably, in the video pushed out by USA Today, the camera carefully avoids highlighting the “Women in White” refusing to stand to protect pain-feeling unborn babies (h/t Ed Morissey).
Trump’s comment about Northam’s defense of “execut[ing] a baby after birth” is a reference to the embattled governor’s recent interview with WTOP’s “Ask The Governor,” in which he defended the Virginia Democrats’ extremist, since-defeated abortion bill and defended a form of infanticide.
“When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of the mother, with the consent of physicians, more than one physician by the way, and it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus which is non-viable,” said Northam, who is now embroiled in a scandal over a past racist photo. “So in this particular example, if the mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen, the infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable, the infant would be resuscitated if this is what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physician and the mother.”
Trump’s comment about abortion activists having “cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth,” is a reference to this likewise infamous moment: