President Donald Trump announced he will be signing a “Born-Alive” Executive order on Sept. 23 to protect babies who survived abortions or were born prematurely. 

If the order succeeds, it will provide babies who were born under these circumstances “the medical care they deserve,” Trump said. 

“We believe in the joy of family, the blessing of freedom, and the dignity of work. And the eternal truth that every child, born and unborn, is made in the holy image of God,” Trump said during a keynote address at the 16th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.  

“I will always protect the vital role of religion and prayer in an American society, and I will always defend the sacred right to life,” he said.

President Trump also announced his administration will be “increasing funding for neonatal research, to ensure that every child has the very best chance to thrive and to grow.” 

Trump has received a lot of support from his Catholic base and pro-life advocates. 

Many Democrats, doctors, and abortion rights activists provided their two cents on the new signing and argued there is a similar federal law that already exists. 

The Born-Alive Infant Protection Act was first introduced to Congress in 2002 and passed without amendments. The act states: “the words “person,” “human being,” “child,” and “individual” shall include every infant member of the species homo sapiens who is born alive (as defined in this Act) at any stage of development.”

The full text of the Born-Alive Executive Order has not yet been released.

*EDIT: A previous version of this article said “The Born-Alive Infant Protection Act was first introduced to Congress in 2002 but lacked the signatures it needed to stage the voting process.” Upon review, our team corrected the error.

Written ByIsaiah Castaneda

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