Today, Donald Trump gave a speech to the March For Life, an anti-choice rally for people who claim to care about babies, and in addition to not knowing how certain types of abortion work, he seemed to say he doesn’t even know how birth works. He literally said:
“Right now, in a number of states, the laws allow a baby to be born from his or her mother’s womb in the ninth month. It is wrong, it has to change.”
This new clip made me question everything I know.pic.twitter.com/t8WyE4xyhH
— Justin Kanew (@Kanew) January 19, 2018
Um, yeah, so, it’s wrong for full-term babies to be born? Or there are states that have laws prohibiting full-term babies to be born? Maybe he’s saying it’s wrong for women to give birth in September, which is the ninth month of the year? (Yes, we know what he meant, but he can’t give a simple speech without screwing up an awful lot of the time.)
Twitter is just going to town on this:
Yes, babies are allowed to be born at nine months. This has been true since the dawn of time.
— Katie (@katie_hines) January 19, 2018
Isn’t that birth? wtf #dotard
— @HowIsHePresident (@fight4empathy) January 19, 2018
What was that about him acing that cognitive test again?
— Kate (@KateMcCreedy) January 19, 2018
a very stable genius. 🙄
— no collusion no collusion cartogeek (@cartogeek) January 19, 2018
Did he read “aborted” as “born” or did someone type “born” rather than “aborted”? Because President Ron Burgundy will read a-ny-thin-g they put on that teleprompter.
— o’neill (@johnoneillnyc) January 19, 2018
His hair is to tight on his head 😂😂😂😂
— BLACKKING__666 (@666Blackking) January 19, 2018
The horror! States allowing babies to be born in the 9th month? What madness is this? For shame. #MoronInChief
— Annalee “Stable Genius” Perez (@Annalee_Perez) January 19, 2018
What happens when you just read words that you didn’t write, review, or understand.
— Sally Sinn (@SallyS79) January 19, 2018
Don’t we usually deliver babies 👶 in the 9th month DOTARD?
Could ever get thru anything without screwing up ?
— Kevin Hannigan (@kevin_hannigan5) January 19, 2018
— David W. Alias (@WiselinePRT) January 19, 2018
Stop Birthing Now! No More Births! Make America Barren Again #ninthmonthmatters
— Nephilim (@96itsallforyou) January 19, 2018
Less than 1.5 percent of abortions happen after 21 weeks, let alone in the ninth month. Those that do happen very late are generally for anomalies that make the fetus nonviable, such as not having a brain. Trump first spouted this “babies can be aborted up through the final day of the ninth month of pregnancy” back in 2016, and he seems not to have let go of that. Nobody allows a full-term baby to be born and then killed. And, as one OBGYN who has performed late-term abortions says, it’s not like women just decide at 30 weeks (or 32 weeks or 24 weeks, etc.), “Oh, I don’t want to have this child:”
“I’ve counseled women about later term abortions. I’ve met with them, listened to their heartbreak, and used every ounce of my being to hold back my tears. I’ve comforted women and their partners sobbing about the fact their baby has no brain or can never breathe as their lungs have not developed. I’ve helped women figure out how to get the body of what had been a wanted pregnancy back home for burial. I’ve cared for women ravaged with infection at 22 or 23 weeks and sat worried by their bedside in the intensive care unit hoping that I did the abortion in time to save their life.”
That particular, ahem, mistake in Trump’s speech is a gross insult to women who have been through this. Trump needs to be more careful or he needs to stop giving speeches altogether. We prefer the latter.
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