WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s call for legislation to ban partial-birth abortion is a “sad thing,” warns House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi claimed very late-term abortions are vital to a women’s ability to have other children.
“It’s really quite a sad thing when you know that we’ll be talking about something that applies to the health and life — health and ability to have other children of women,” she told The Daily Caller Wednesday. “I hope that in his family, he never has to face that crisis and apply his attitude toward it.”
The president blasted New York Democrats in his State of the Union address Tuesday for enacting legislation that allows abortion up to birth.
“There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image, of a mother holding her infant child, than the chilling displays our nation’s saw in recent days. 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 from birth,” Trump said. “These are living feeling beautiful babies, who will never get the chance to share their love and their dreams with the world.”
Trump also slammed Virginia Governor Ralph Northam for advocating for infanticide of newborn babies.
“Then we had the case of a governor in Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth. To defend the dignity of every person,” he said. “I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in a mother’s womb.”
Not a single Democrat applauded Trump’s call to ban partial birth abortion. In fact, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D – NY., smirked as the president condemned Democratic leadership for celebrating infanticide.
Failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Januuary to push for state’s legislation that currently permit abortions “at any time.”
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 6, 2019
Like Pelosi, Clinton famously claimed during the final presidential debate in 2016 that late-term abortions are performed when the “life and health” of the mother are in jeopardy.
But research doesn’t support their claims.
A study published at the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute’s Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health found that women seeking both first-trimester and late-term abortions provided the same reasons for delaying their abortions.
Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, writing at the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), observed that, in the study, women seeking both first-trimester and late-term abortions reported “not knowing about the pregnancy,” “trouble deciding about the abortion,” and “disagreeing about the abortion with the man involved,” with similar frequency.
For many years, abortion-rights advocates have asserted that abortions after 20 weeks are performed because of maternal health complications or lethal fetal anomalies discovered late in pregnancy.
However, wider data from both the medical literature and late-term abortion providers indicates that most late-term procedures are not performed for these reasons.
Previous survey studies of late-term abortion patients have confirmed that most late-term abortions are performed because of a delay in pregnancy diagnosis and for reasons similar to those given by first-trimester abortion patients: financial stressors, relationship problems, education concerns or parenting challenges.