President Donald Trump met with an abortion survivor and a child who was born after just 20 weeks of gestation before urging thousands of pro-life supporters Thursday to pressure for the passage of a federal law to protect babies who survive abortions.
The 72-year-old Trump and top White House staff met with Melissa Ohden, who survived a saline solution abortion in 1977, and Micah Pickering, a 6-year-old child who was born in the 20th week of pregnancy but survived, during a White House meeting to promote the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (also known as the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act).
Following the meeting, Trump spoke on a conference call with about 4,000 pro-life supporters in which he not only called for the passage of the legislation but stressed the stark differences between his administration’s policies and the pro-late-term-abortion stances of Democrats running for president in 2020.
Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., and Florida televangelist Paula White, one of Trump’s closest spiritual advisers, also participated in the event.
“The president is truly pro-life. There has been so much speculation since the  primaries about whether his heart is true or not. I can say walking out of that Oval Office today that this is a deeply-held and sincere conviction,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life lobbying organization Susan B. Anthony List, told reporters after the meeting Thursday.
“It would be difficult to understand why someone would invite all these people and want to get to know them if it wasn’t a sincere conviction. Yes, it is a politically smart move that he has made in advancing human rights in this way. But it is also the right thing to do.”
Dannenfelser, who served as the chair of the Trump 2016 campaign’s pro-life coalition, briefed the president prior to the meeting and conference call. With thousands on the call, Dannenfelser assured that participants were from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds.
“This is a call that he rarely does. He doesn’t do these conference calls very often,” she said. “But he is clearly taking advantage of an important moment in trying to get legislation looked at in the Senate and the House. He is demanding that this is brought to his desk so he could sign it.”
The call comes as the topic of late-term abortion has been all over the news in the recent weeks with the passage of a New York law allowing abortion until birth and the introduction of similar bills in states like Virginia, Vermont and New Mexico.
The call also comes as Democrats in the House of Representatives have supported in previous congresses the Women’s Health Protection Act, which according to Dannenfelser, is the “federal version of the bill that passed in New York” and would outlaw state bans on third-trimester abortions.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith