WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - President Trump is preparing to issue an executive order to prevent the direct or neglectful murder of babies born alive after unsuccessful abortions.
Trump made the declaration at the virtual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday.
"Today I am announcing that I will be signing the born-alive executive order to ensure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care that they deserve," the president said. "This is our sacrosanct moral duty."
The address, which took only two minutes and thirty-seven seconds, was one of his most powerful of his presidency, according to many faithful Catholic observers. His concern for the most vulnerable Americans alive was expressed succinctly and clearly.
"We are also increasing federal funding for the neonatal research to ensure that every child has the very best chance to thrive and to grow," he mentioned. "I will always protect the vital role of religion and prayer in American society. And I will always defend the sacred right to life."
The annual Christi Fideles Laici Award, given "to those who go to great lengths to advance the teaching and tenets of the Catholic Church," went to Attorney General William Barr.
The last speech was Trump's, who was slated as a "special guest." In addition to his executive order announcement and expressed concern about children, the president spoke about his experience with Catholics during his upbringing.
"I grew up next to a Catholic Church in Queens, New York," Trump informed his audience. "And I saw how much incredible work the Catholic Church did for our community. These are amazing people, these are great, great people," he said.
Trump acknowledged the great work the Catholic Church has done to build up America and civilization:
Catholic schools give many underserved children the chance to reach their God-given potential. Catholics of all backgrounds share the love of Christ with the most vulnerable, as they care for the elderly, the homeless and neighbors in need. ... Our nation is strong because of Catholics and all people of faith. We believe in ... the eternal truth that every child, born and unborn, is made in the holy image of God.
While Republicans have tried in the past couple years to get a law passed that would ensure protection to those born alive who were slated to be murdered prenatally, Democrats stopped them at every turn.
After the last time the Senate disallowed a vote, it prompted Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life, to cry out on the sorry state of politics today.
"You would think that those elected to public service would know the difference between serving the public and killing the public," he said. "With few exceptions, that is apparently not the case among Democrats in the U.S. Senate."
In 2002, George W. Bush signed into law the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. That law, however, came without penalty and was generally left unenforced. Trump's executive order on Wednesday should alleviate that problem and fill the loopholes in ensuring the protection of all babies recently born.