Trump has governed as a pro-life president and wasted no time during his first week in office defunding the International Planned Parenthood abortion business. Since that time he has worked on defunding Planned Parenthood domestically, he has defunded the UNFPA which promotes abortion, he has promoted abstinence education, and he’s pressed the pro-life view at the United Nations.
That is a stark contrast to Democrats who recently have been promoting legislation in various states to legalize abortions up to birth. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed into law legislation in his state allowing abortions up to birth and revoking protections even for babies who survived failed abortions.
This week, pro-abortion Virginia governor Ralph Northam came under heavy fire after promoting infanticide and saying it’s okay if doctors and parents have a discussion allowing babies to die after birth who are severely disabled.
With that in mind, Politico reports that Trump will reportedly include a pro-life message in his National address next Tuesday:
President Donald Trump is telling conservative allies he wants to incorporate firm anti-abortion language into his State of the Union address Tuesday, and potentially include an anti-abortion figure among his list of invitees, according to four sources familiar with his plans.
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Trump sees an opening to energize his evangelical supporters and capture moderate voters who administration officials believe may be turned off by widespread coverage of New York’s newest abortion law, which allows for termination of some pregnancies after the 24-week mark for health reasons.
Abortion has crested as an issue for conservative legal activists in recent days after New York’s Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed the late-term abortion bill last Tuesday. Trump has discussed the issue with prominent conservative Christians, including on a phone call this week with Faith & Freedom Coalition President Ralph Reed, a White House official confirmed to POLITICO.
“The president wants to reaffirm his commitment to pro-life things,” said the Republican close to the White House, adding that Trump doesn’t want his third appearance before a joint session of Congress to be “all fire and brimstone.”
Despite the divisiveness of a topic like abortion, White House aides say the president’s principal goal is to project a message of unity by closely mirroring the overall tone of his 2018 State of the Union speech, in which he described the public as “one American family,” eschewing the “American carnage” rhetoric of his inaugural address.
Trump didn’t mince words when he was asked about the shocking comments from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam supporting infanticide.
Northam not only defended a bill in the state legislature that would legalize abortions up to birth – even if the mother is dilated — he defended infanticide during a radio show today.
Northam apparently thinks it’s okay to kill a baby once the infant is fully delivered.
“If a mother is in labor…the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and mother,” he said.
Later Northam doubled down on his support for infanticide via s spokesman, who essentially said the governor was only talking about infanticide in cases of disabled babies.
Trump said Wednesday the uproar over a 40-week abortion proposal in Virginia will end up helping the pro-life movement. Trump told The Daily Caller he was shocked by Northam’s words.
“I’m surprised that he did that, I’ve met him a number of times,” Trump said.
“I thought it was terrible,” he said of Tran’s remarks. “Do you remember when I said Hillary Clinton was willing to rip the baby out of the womb? That’s what it is, that’s what they’re doing, it’s terrible.”
“This is going to lift up the whole pro-life movement like maybe it’s never been lifted up before,” he said. “The pro-life movement is very much a 50-50, it’s a very 50-50 issue, actually it’s gained a point or two over the years.”