President Trump during his State of the Union address Tuesday blasted Democrats for authorizing "a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb" and allowing doctors to "execute a baby after birth," urging Congress to pass a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks 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 who can feel pain in the mother's womb," Trump said.
The president's comments come after New York loosened restrictions on abortion and as Democrats are under fire for controversial comments regarding late-term abortion.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and state Del. Kathy Tran, both Democrats, last week said they supported a state bill that appeared to allow abortion at the time of birth. Tran later said she misspoke about when abortion would be permitted and Northam’s office later released a statement saying that the governor’s comments were mischaracterized and had been intended in cases in which a baby wouldn’t survive birth because of deformity or another health issue.
In his State of the Union address, Trump called the remarks "chilling."
"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," Trump said. "These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world. And then, we had the case of the governor of Virginia where he basically stated he would execute a baby after birth."