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Trump stands for life in State of the Union address

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/06/19, 11:59 am

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump’s call for an end to late-term abortions in his State of the Union address Tuesday night elated pro-life lawmakers and advocates who have been fighting a growing national movement to end protections for the unborn in the late stages of pregnancy. “To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children,” Trump 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.”

The president condemned a New York law Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed last month officially legalizing late-term abortion, as well as remarks from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, also a Democrat, saying doctors could deny medical care to babies born with severe deformities.

While most Democrats stayed in their seats during the president’s pro-life statements, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., joined his colleagues from across the aisle in a standing ovation. He later told a RealClearPolitics reporter he stood because “late-term abortions are just horrific … totally just wrong.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif, told me after the speech he believes Trump’s comments may spark a push for legislation on the issue: “I do not understand how anybody in this country could believe that a baby could be born and then could be killed. I thank the president for speaking about it and trying to unite us all to do something about it. And we should move legislation on it.”

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser called late-term abortion “irreconcilable with the values of the American people” and asked Congress to approve the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would protect unborn babies after five months of pregnancy, when they can begin to feel the pain of abortion.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • Allen Johnson
    Posted: Wed, 02/06/2019 03:59 pm

    Hurrah for President Trump denouncing abortion!
    He followed that up with a stirring call for more military.
    Standing for life?

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 02/06/2019 06:44 pm

    I don’t see a conflict.  There are very bad people in the world, unfortunately. Some of them are rulers of powerful nations. Do we not have the right to defend ourselves against them?  Do we not have the right to be prepared in case defense against aggression is necessary?  Do we not have the right and maybe obligation , in some circumstances, to defend other nations against their aggressive neighbors?  

    Would you have left Europe to suffer the evils of Nazi Germany?  Would you have left Kuwait to suffer under Saddam Hussein’s Iraq?  

    We havent always chosen our battles wisely, but surely you don’t think we should just refuse to fight from now on. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 02/06/2019 06:45 pm

    And YES I applaud President Trump’s stand for Life!

  • DS
    Posted: Thu, 02/07/2019 10:57 am

    Interesting that no one saw this coming. President Trump is the last person I would have thought to take such a stand against abortion (among concervatives), but he is now taking a stronger stand against it than any president since it was legallized in 1973! Let's hope he follows through.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Fri, 02/08/2019 04:54 pm

    Words are just words. They sound nice coming from the pulpit. Trump criticized abortion, yet he and the GOP continue to fund Planned Parenthood with obscene amounts of money. Our money. During his campaign he was on record as saying Planned Parenthood has done a lot of good things. 

    I am praying for an end to abortion. I am praying for opportunities to assure a lonely pregnant teenager that she is loved and cherished by her Heavenly Father. I am looking for ways to help a young mother understand the important task God has given her to nurture and bring up her child in fear and admonishion of the Lord. I am praying for Christian men to come alongside young, scared fathers who want to run away from responsibility. That is how we will end abortion in this country. Legislation against it would be nice, but not mandatory for God's redemptive power to break through the stronghold of sin.

    Psalm 146:3  Do not trust in princes,
    In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.