President Trump likes the social media platform, often firing off tweet after tweet, either to blow his own trumpet or to voice dissatisfaction with his opposition. This time Trump took to Twitter to lash out against the Democrats, who according to him, don’t mind killing babies after birth, as the abortion bill failed to pass in the Senate.
“Senate Democrats just voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children. The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth,” Trump tweeted. “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.”
The abortion bill, brought to the Senate by the Republican Party, is called the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act. The name in itself is contentious. The bill came about after a doctor did not offer medical treatment to a child that survived a failed abortion. The fact is the baby, had it survived, would have had severe medical complications and deformities.
Republicans feel the doctor should be penalized. Democrats feel there should be more understanding regarding women, who risk their own lives during pregnancy, childbirth or abortion.
Along with all the Republicans, only three Democratic senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Doug Jones of Alabama and Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania voted in favor of the abortion bill, bring the result to 53/44. Republicans needed 60 votes to win.
Kathy Tran, who serves in the Virginia House of Delegates, sponsored the bill. Tran came under fire for her comments that Republicans chose to read as “promoting infanticide”. According to Tran, the new abortion bill would have allowed a mother to abort her child even during labor, in case there’s a threat to the mother’s or child’s life. However, Republicans chose to ignore the latter part that such access would only be if the mother’s or the baby’s life was at risk.
The bill would make the process a little easier for doctors to give third term abortions, without going through overwhelming amounts of administration. Currently, three physicians are needed to approve a third term abortion. The new abortion bill would call for less paperwork, as well as allowing second term abortions to be undertaken in clinics and not in hospitals.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam had agreed with Tran, saying a third-trimester abortion would only be performed when the fetus is nonviable or the mother’s life is in danger.