Trump signs executive order to protect vulnerable newborns

President Donald Trump has just given pro-life advocates another reason to celebrate — and given pro-abortion Democrats another reason to despise him.

On Friday, the president signed an executive order that aims to ensure all infants who are born with disabilities, who are severely premature, or who survive abortions receive sufficient medical care, Fox News reported.

“Every infant born alive, no matter the circumstances of his or her birth, has the same dignity and the same rights as every other individual and is entitled to the same protections under federal law,” the Protecting Vulnerable Newborn and Infant Children order reads.

More must be done

The president’s order puts teeth into protections that are already in place for vulnerable infants.

During his first term, former President George W. Bush signed the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, which emphasizes that all infants, regardless of the circumstances of their birth or stage of pregnancy, must receive adequate medical treatment, according to Fox. The 1986 Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act also requires that medical care be provided to anyone who goes to an emergency room, Fox News reports.

But Trump’s executive order states that in spite of these previous laws, some infants have still not been protected.

“Despite these laws, some hospitals refuse the required medical screening examination and stabilizing treatment or otherwise do not provide potentially lifesaving medical treatment to extremely premature or disabled infants, even when parents plead for such treatment,” the order reads.

Trump’s order specifies that medical facilities must be in compliance with these laws in order to receive federal funding. It also prioritizes federal grants for medical facilities that offer training on “the provision of life-saving medical treatment to all infants born alive.”

A similar measure to the executive order was put before the House by Republicans earlier this year, but Democrats rejected it, as Fox News reported at the time.

“A chance at life”

Pro-abortion groups, including NARAL Pro-Choice America, immediately condemned Trump’s order. “It is downright cruel and a slap in the face to the American public that President Trump is deploying dangerous disinformation in a power grab for the Supreme Court, not to mention using executive powers to impose his own extreme ideology when he can’t jam through his agenda legislatively,” NARAL said in a statement, according to Fox.

Pro-life Republicans, meanwhile, celebrated the news.

“Couldn’t be more proud of [the president] for taking action to end infanticide once and for all,” Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) wrote on Twitter. “Thanks to this President, millions of unborn babies will now have a chance at life.”

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