President Trump on Tuesday accused Joe Biden of wanting to make it legal to kill newborn babies, a gross distortion of the Democratic nominee’s vow to make the principles of Roe v. Wade the “law of the land.”
At a town hall in Miami on Monday night, Biden said that if Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett voted with a majority in overturning Roe v. Wade, he would work to make the landmark 1973 ruling that established the right of women to end their pregnancies the “law of the land.”
“Biden and Democrats just clarified the fact that they are fully in favor of (very) LATE TERM ABORTION, right up until the time of birth, and beyond — which would be execution,” Trump tweeted.
In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled to protect a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restrictions. It did not, however, legalize executing newborns.
Biden did not elaborate on how he would incorporate those principles into federal legislation. The likely effect of a decision to overturn Roe v. Wade would be to return the matter to the individual states.
In an earlier tweet, the president falsely claimed that Biden wants to “PACK our great United States Supreme Court.” Biden has specifically declined to say whether he would support the movement to add justices, which some Democrats are urging as a way to counter the strong conservative tilt on the Supreme Court that will result if Trump’s pick is confirmed to the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Democrats insist that with less than a month to go before a new president and Senate are chosen, the seat should be held open until after Jan. 20.
Trump has repeatedly, and falsely, claimed that Democrats who support abortion rights want to “rip” a baby from the mother’s womb.
“Virtually every Democrat candidate has declared their unlimited support for extreme late-term abortion, ripping babies straight from the mother’s womb, right up until the very moment of birth,” the president said at a rally on March 2.
In reality, the great majority of abortions are performed in the early stages of pregnancy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 90 percent of abortions in the United States are performed at less than 13 weeks of gestation, and 8 percent between 14 and 20 weeks. About 1 percent are performed at 21 weeks or later.
There is no data for abortions performed just before the “very moment of birth.”
“‘Abortion until the moment of birth’ does not exist — it’s a boogeyman abortion opponents have created to frighten voters and derail rational conversation about constitutional rights,” Katie L. Watson, a professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, told the Washington Post earlier this year. “Nobody ‘supports’ it, and nobody does it. No patient ever asks a physician to end her pregnancy ‘the moment before birth,’ and no physician would agree to do it.”
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