At a rally in Wisconsin on Saturday, May 4, President Donald Trump spoke out in no uncertain terms about the killing of innocent children in late term abortions. He also specifically mentioned cases of botched abortions where the child was actually born alive. President Trump was illustrating the insanity of the Democratic Party’s stance on abortion. Trump called out Democratic Governor Tony Evers, who promised to veto any legislation protecting the lives of any infants born alive after botched abortions. Evers characterized the protections as unnecessary and a “waste of time.”
Trump minced no words calling Evers’ out for his extreme position, and killing babies born alive after a botched abortion for exactly what it is – murder. Trump described a scenario where an infant is born alive and then the mother and abortionist deliberate whether or not the mother wants to keep the child: “The baby is born. The mother meets with the doctor. They take care of the baby. They wrap the baby beautifully. And then the doctor and the mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby.”
Of course, mainstream media flew into a frenzy at Trump’s use of the word “execute.” However, it certainly isn’t inaccurate.
Jill Stanek, now a pro life activist and a former registered nurse at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois writes in an article for Lifenews of just such a scenario that occurred during her time as a nurse.
One night, when a co-worker was taking a survivor to the soiled utility room, I could not bear the thought of this suffering child dying alone, so I rocked him for the 45 minutes he lived. He was almost 22 weeks old and had been aborted because he had Down syndrome. That experience transformed me into a pro-life activist. After I went public, the hospital fired me.
At his rally, President Trump was simply paraphrasing Virginia Governor Ralph Northam – a pediatric neurologist – who earlier this year described in an interview how doctors still abandon unwanted newborns to die, 20 years after my experience. These are Northam’s actual words pertaining to a baby who survives a third-trimester abortion: “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’s depiction hit painfully close to home. The key words are “if” and “discussion.” Both parts of Northam’s two-step decision process are a potential death sentence to the baby. “If” resuscitated, she will temporarily receive life-sustaining oxygen and medical treatment to buy time for the mother and doctor to make a more deliberated decision whether to continue. If not resuscitated, the baby is being marked for death – usually by asphyxiation the first time, or by asphyxiation, organ failure, dehydration, or starvation the second time. No infant deserves this.
President Trump’s comments are, in fact, correct. The definition of execute is to kill a condemned person, which is exactly what happens during an abortion or after a botched abortion.