Nurse explains why Trump's claim about babies being 'legally executed' are so damaging

Greg Evans
Tuesday 30 April 2019 12:15
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Donald Trump has sad a lot of wild, inaccurate and irresponsible things during his time as president but last weekend's comments on abortion were some of the most shocking and harmful

During his speech in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Saturday, Trump claimed the certain doctors in the United States are practising 'infantcide,' the literal execution of babies before they are born.

The president said:

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.

This contentious and inflammatory statement from Trump has drawn widespread criticism on Twitter, with many denouncing the president for spreading 'lies' and potentially provoking attacks against staff and patients in clinics.

Trump appears to be supporting the controversial Republican bill called 'Born-Alive Abortion Survivors' which reportedly forces doctors to care for babies that are born after a failed abortion or face a lifetime jail sentence.

Wisconsin governor, Tony Evers, had already stated that he plans to veto this bill, something which Trump clearly feels aggrieved about, hence his attack on the Democrat.

In addition, there is a law in Wisconsin that means that babies that are unlikely to survive long after their birth are still delivered as it may be necessary to save the mothers life. If a case like this occurs, the family can opt for something called 'comfort care' which allows the parents to spend time with the baby and allowing it to die naturally.

In an attempt to shed further light on Trump's egregious lie and explain the trauma that a family can go through during an event like this, Julia Pulver, a NICU nurse on a bereavement team and a former Democratic Senator nominee for Michigan, explained in a comprehensive Twitter thread just how damaging the president's words are.

HT IFL Science

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