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This Nurse Brilliantly Responded To Trump’s Lie About Baby Executions

Julia Pulver, registered nurse, laid out the emotionally devastating reality of caring for new parents whose newborns would survive for only hours after birth in a viral response to Trump’s bizarre and horrific lie about baby executions. At a rally in Wisconsin Saturday, Donald Trump somehow had the audacity to claim that after babies are born, the mother and doctor have a frank discussion about whether to just straight up kill the kid.

To be clear, nothing even close to what Trump suggested has ever taken place. What does happen is that sometimes pregnant women and their doctors discover that something went wrong in the development of the fetus and once born, the baby will not be able to survive for long. Sometimes this happens after the period in which the mother could legally have an abortion and therefore has to go through the terrible experience of giving birth to a child who won’t live and watching them die.

Nurses who work in maternity wards may have to witness this kind of tragedy repeatedly and do everything they can to comfort the devastated parents. In a viral thread, Pulver describes this process.

“As these small bodies were failing, it was our job to be there with the parents at every step, give them support, and do our best to make some [m]emories of their precious babies that could help easy their impending and overwhelming grief. When heroic measures failed or a baby without a brain or working lungs or heart was born, we knew the end was near, and we encouraged the parents to be present in these finals moments. We placed the babies skin to skin with mom and placed a blanket over them both. We lowered the lights and quieted the room. We had as much or as little family and the parents wanted in the room. We sang songs, we prayed, we hugged, we swayed… and we all cried.”

Pulver recalls crying “until my throat burned” for these families and making memory boxes for them consisting of photos, hair clippings, and footprints.

It’s no wonder she takes issue with Trump claiming that plots about baby executions take place as a way to rile up his largely pro-life base.

“But no one, absolutely NO ONE ever, in any hospital, nor any mother who has just given birth, is conspiring with a doctor on whether or not to commit infanticide,” Pulver concludes. “This is perhaps one of the sickest accusations levied by this deranged dictator yet. Don’t believe a word he says about anything important.”

Twitter users responded to this simultaneously heartbreaking and enraging thread with thanks and their own stories about one of the worse things a human being can go through.

Seriously, can we impeach him now?