Former President Donald Trump repeatedly spread a false claim about abortion during a televised interview, falsely stating that some states allow physicians to “kill the baby after birth.” Despite being corrected by the moderator, Trump insisted on the truthfulness of his claim multiple times. It is essential to debunk these false statements perpetuated by anti-abortion politicians, as they serve to push a political agenda at the expense of accurate information and the well-being of patients.
Kelly Baden, the vice president of policy for the Guttmacher Institute, criticized these outrageous and baseless claims, highlighting the harm they cause to abortion providers and patients. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also firmly disputes the existence of any procedure referred to as a “post-birth abortion.” Such claims are intended to demonize the procedure and those involved in it without any factual basis.
Trump’s false statements about abortion were even specific, mentioning that New York had passed legislation allowing for the killing of babies after birth, and a former Virginia governor advocating for infanticide. However, these claims have no basis in reality. They seem to have originated from social media hoaxes and have been twisted by Republicans to support their own narrative. Fact-checking has consistently debunked these claims made by Trump and other politicians.
The outrage over Trump’s comments extends to individuals like Fred Guttenberg, a gun reform activist whose daughter was killed in a school shooting. Guttenberg pointed out the discrepancy between Republicans blocking gun violence prevention measures and falsely accusing Democrats of supporting killing babies after birth. This contradiction highlights the need to address misinformation and focus on evidence, facts, and patient care when discussing topics like abortion.
In conclusion, it is crucial to challenge false claims about abortion and counter the anti-abortion rhetoric that lacks evidence or medical standards of care. By doing so, we protect abortion providers and patients and ensure accurate information is disseminated.
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