President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday to rail against Democratic senators who had shut down a bill that would punish any doctor who failed to provide medical care to infants born alive after a failed abortion.
“Senate Democrats just voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children,” Trump falsely claimed. “The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth.”
....This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress. If there is one thing we should all agree on, it’s protecting the lives of innocent babies.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2019
“This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress,” he continued in a subsequent tweet. “If there is one thing we should all agree on, it’s protecting the lives of innocent babies.”
Senate Democrats blocked the measure to move forward with the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act on Monday. Sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), the measure fell short of the 60 votes it needed to advance, with 53 senators voting in support and 44 voting against.
The bill would require doctors to “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child” they would to “any other child born alive at the same gestational age.”
Detractors of the bill say it would “criminalize doctors” and open them up to lawsuits—those who failed to comply with the requirements would face up to five years in prison—and that it was “unnecessary since laws already exist to protect an infant in the extremely unlikely scenario of a birth after an abortion attempt,” according to Vox.
Many on Twitter say the president’s statements are not only false and intentionally misleading, but work to incite violence against reproductive rights advocates and healthcare providers.
In addition to being a demented lie, this is incredibly dangerous. The president is inciting violence against abortion doctors, clinic staff, patients, politicians and activists who support reproductive autonomy and justice. https://t.co/W8WwOhiP7C— Rebecca Traister (@rtraister) February 26, 2019
The 2018 National Clinic Violence Survey found 52% of women's health clinics experienced targeted threats and intimidation against doctors and staff. Two weeks ago, a clinic in Missouri was set on fire.— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) February 26, 2019
Trump is encouraging more, and Republicans in Congress are happy about that. https://t.co/lVxLdE1TRF
just remembering how in my city a few years ago a man shot up a Planned Parenthood clinic, killing three and injuring nine, because they were "baby killers." https://t.co/2UOFTxF1rc— The Inglourious Gent (@thesnarkygent) February 26, 2019
This is a lie.— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) February 26, 2019
Heads up: There is literally nothing about this tweet that reflects any version of reality. https://t.co/W62MVJnPWf— ilyse hogue (@ilyseh) February 26, 2019
This is violent, extremist anti-abortion rhetoric of the sort #EricRudolph used. It's deliberately inflammatory. It could easily prompt another wave of violence against #abortion providers.— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) February 26, 2019
Oh and it's also 100% false. No one is "executing babies after birth." https://t.co/DfwizP8SFO
As a Christian minister concerned with the well-being being of children, I can tell you that every part of this Tweet is a lie. No Democrat - or Republican - supports the murder of babies. This is vile language on the part of Mr. Trump, hoping he can change the subject fm Russia.— Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie (@RevChuckCurrie) February 26, 2019
This is a lie anyone with half a brain and opposable thumbs can google in the US Criminal Code: infanticide. How long before your cultists turn on you is the only question. It won’t be pretty when Magats figure out they’ve been your marks.— Under the Radar (@retail_recruit) February 26, 2019
This a lie & is as insane as everything else Trump has said & done. Stop this NOW. Impeach him even knowing Senate GOP won't. Americans deserve the right to see this fool, publicly hang symbolically. Trump & GOP have violated all of us. We need moral restitution. We need Justice. https://t.co/0fRhp6JmiX— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) February 26, 2019
oh, look, the guy who lets kids die in mass shootings wants to talk about protecting the lives of innocent babies https://t.co/ggvhG5Asfp— Born Miserable (@bornmiserable) February 26, 2019
IT IS ALREADY ILLEGAL TO KILL NEWBORN INFANTS. https://t.co/owENu7ZU5Y— joanna schroeder (@iproposethis) February 26, 2019
This is a complete lie. Trump is once again making the absolute false accusation that doctors and women would commit infanticide during “late term abortions.” https://t.co/ZGrts7WMRG— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) February 26, 2019
No responsible doctor anywhere in the United States would terminate a healthy fetus that can be safely delivered and survive on it’s own outside the mother’s womb. In most cases, this is when a fetus weighs more than 500 grams and is older than 24 weeks of gestation.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) February 26, 2019
The topic of late-term abortion became a talking point last month after a Democratic-backed bill in Virginia’s state legislature proposed to loosen restrictions on late-term abortions in cases where the mother’s health is threatened.
It has seemingly overnight become part of a larger pro-choice/pro-life debate that will undoubtedly play a role in the the 2020 election.