Since his inauguration a year ago, President Trump has been collecting typos and miscommunications like an Instagram celeb collects likes. There was the covfefe kerfuffle. Or when he said in an interview that he had sent bombs to Iraq, when he actually meant Syria. Now added to the list is Trump’s speech at this week’s anti-abortion March for Life, during which he spoke about a terrible trend sweeping the nation — babies, after nine months in the womb, being born.
The president explained in his speech on Friday, according to The Daily Beast, “Right now, a number of state 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.”
Of course, Trump didn’t mean to rail against birthdays, and instead was attempting to condemn late-term abortions by saying that babies are being torn from their mothers’ wombs. What he probably did not mean to mention, flub or not, is that according to the Guttmacher Institute less than 2% of abortions are performed after 21 weeks. When a late-term abortion is performed, it is likely the life of the mother is in danger, or the baby would not survive long after delivery. The president has been vocally opposing late-term abortions using inflammatory language since the campaign, saying in a presidential debate back in October 2016 that if Hillary Clinton were elected she would allow doctors to “take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month on the final day.”
The awkward mix-up can seem funny in the way high profile gaffes often do, but there’s nothing funny about the actual message the president was trying to convey — that women in America should have less control over their bodies and their pregnancies.
Source : Teen Vogue