“There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days,” Trump said on Feb. 5, right after announcing he had included paid family leave in his budget.
The president rebuked both New York and Virginia politicians in his comments.
“Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth,” he said. “And then, we had the case of the governor of Virginia, where he basically stated he would execute a baby after birth.”
On Jan. 22, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that allows for late-term abortions, up to birth, if the health of the mother is at risk or the fetus isn’t viable.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said on Jan. 30 that if a mother were 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 the mother,” Northam said.
Trump asked Congress to pass legislation that would prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.
On Feb. 4, the Senate failed to pass a bill that was introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) after Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) voted against it. The measure would have required infants who survived late-term abortions, where birth is induced, to receive the same care expected for any other newborns by on-scene health care practitioners.
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.”
Trump received resounding approval from Republican lawmakers during this part of his speech, most Democrats, however, sat silently.
The Epoch Times asked Trump supporters from around the country, “What does recent legislation for late-term abortion and infanticide signal to you about America?”
Answers may have been edited for clarity and brevity.
Catrina Albo, homemaker, New Jersey
“I believe all the recent legislation on late-term abortion signals entering into a dark, black hole for our country. When a governing body within a society no longer values the life of the truly most innocent among us, we have accepted a lie that breaks down the very fabric of our morality and decency.
“That ‘clump of cells’ is a life, no matter how you look at it. Killing it does not change that fact.
“The passing of these barbaric bills in many states just confirms and establishes that human life is not important. People absorb this ideology into their thinking if they do not have a strong religious faith or sense of morality. They believe that they have control of human life, including their own and that of an unborn child. They feel no conviction with taking life, because our society condones it.“
“Taking God out of our society is now clearly on display for the world to witness.”
Catrina Albo before a Make America Great Again rally in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., on Aug. 2, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Rita Eveland, retired, Nashville, Tenn.
“Life is precious, at any age. While our society has made great strides in achieving equality and recognizing the rights of a free people, the devaluing of human life that started with Roe v. Wade has exponentially increased to the point we find ourselves today.
“Listening to ‘leaders’ extolling the process of killing live children, and celebrating their ability to do so, is horrifying. We are inside of another Holocaust and the monsters that hold this up as ‘good’ should be removed from public office. What sort of society murders its young? There is deep evil at work here.”
Floyd Conaway, veteran
“Do the politicians that lead the way for the legislation get any of the [Planned Parenthood] funds, directly or indirectly?
“I would also like to point out that the Democrats are pushing this infanticide and late-term abortion legislation and that their supporters applaud it. I guess this is population control for minorities and poor. Hitler and the Nazis couldn’t have done a better job themselves thinking this up. But abortion has taken far more lives than even Hitler himself.
“I, for one, am both saddened by what’s happening and afraid of what the future holds for mankind—of course, for those aborted babies, there is no future.”
Floyd Conaway in Wheeling, West Va., on Sept. 29, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Del Oakes, electrician, Johnson City, Tenn.
“The recent legislation is a sad reflection on America. The fact we place so little value on human life only proves our selfishness and that disposable consumerism has corrupted the soul of America.
“All life is valuable. I mourn this legislation as much as I mourn the death of the children and adults who are perishing to reach our borders. The church must step up to meet both crises and stop relying on the government to do the job the church is called to do.”
Dan Cooley, forester, West Virginia
“It is so sad to see these liberal leaders with no morals, ethics, or common sense. We are human beings at the moment of conception. Abortion is murder, no matter what stage of growth the unborn baby is in.
“It is extremely sickening and disturbing to think that some of the elected officials have no regard for human life. Imagine taking a baby and cutting it up into little pieces and throwing it in the garbage—is this any different than the ancient heathens who sacrificed babies to their false gods?
“Our country is in sad shape morally and ethically, and it will only get worse if we continue to leave Almighty God out of it.”
Sabrina Corns, Ohio
“I believe the new abortion bill is a disgrace. Where have we come as a nation to the point abortion is legal to the point of dilation? I mean, even to a leftist, this should be concerning. Democrats have children. Why is this OK for anyone? That is a life! It’s murder! It really blows my mind that this is even being discussed.
“You know, I am pro-life. I believe in God and his word. I also believe I don’t have the right to judge others and what they do with their life, even if I disagree with it. However, this late-term abortion bill just crosses all lines. It is flat-out wrong.”
Jo Ann Gould, fitness club manager, West Virginia
“My husband and I find it unbelievable that a baby could be born and kept comfortable until the mother decides if she wants it.
“Personally, I feel abortion is murder. If a pregnant woman gets murdered, the killer is accountable for two lives. Why is this different? I don’t like the idea but do understand rape, incest, or if mother could die giving birth have validity.
“How could you look at an ultrasound photo and not see life? Cannot imagine a baby born, then murdered. It actually seems insane to me.”
Jo Ann Gould (R) and friends before a Make America Great Again rally in Wheeling, West Va., on Sept. 29, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Ed Halland, retired
“The [legislation] highlights the increasing confidence of the anti-Christian left. What was unthinkable 10 to 20 years ago is now openly advocated. Christians are becoming a minority, both in society and in our churches. The next step is on the other end of life, where states like Oregon have laws that allow physician-assisted suicide.
“Social Security was implemented with the expectation that 40 workers would support one retiree. We are having fewer children and have aborted about 60 million potential workers since 1973; the number is down to three workers for each retiree.
“The trend will be to ‘put down’ the elderly earlier, denying end-of-life care to increasingly healthier individuals as a cost-saving measure. We reap what we sow. The generation that champions abortion will be the generation that experiences euthanasia.”
Becky Cline, manufacturing, Rosehill, Va.
“It’s very sad. Not only are late-term abortions and infanticide allowed to occur, but people are celebrating the fact that they can kill their children. It sickens me and signals to me a decline in morality, compassion, and human decency. We should be alarmed, and praying for our country.”
Tiffany Short, manufacturing, Rosehill, Va.
“It means that we as human beings have lost all of our compassion. People have got so far from being caring moms and dads—to ones who are willing to kill their own baby as it is being born.
“This is so sick and deranged that it is considered legal, but if someone kills a woman and her unborn baby, it is murder. Why would people want to kill their own flesh and blood? This world is letting so much evil take over. I do not even understand why people would support this.
“Instead of pushing for more abortion laws, why don’t these people push for more birth control? This signals to me how far of a downward spiral America is on. President Trump is for things that are conservative, pro-life—something we need more of in Congress. Pray for America.”
Mike Alicea, retired banker
“On principle, I don’t believe in abortion. I have a hard time believing God is thinking this is a good idea. That being said, abortion is the law of the land and we must abide by the laws of the land and change them by Constitutional amendments, the way Prohibition was abolished.
“I respect the right of a woman to be the determinant of her body.
While it is a woman’s right, I don’t believe that this is something that should be federally funded at all.
“Let me just say, a woman’s right for an abortion to save her life is unquestionably justifiable in my opinion. But it seems to me that passing laws that say you can abort a baby till the day it is born seems contradictory to the fact that a criminal can be charged with homicide of a pregnant mother’s baby.”