mcloudyn.png
Thursday October 29th, 2020 11:40PM

Trump works to win over Catholic voters on abortion issue

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised Wednesday to sign an executive order that would require health care providers to provide medical care to all babies born alive as he makes an election-year push to appeal to voters who oppose abortion.

The White House did not release further details about the order, but Trump’s announcement follows numerous attempts by GOP lawmakers in Washington and in state capitals around the country to pass legislation that threatens prison for doctors who don’t try to save the life of infants born alive during abortions.

Organizations representing obstetricians and gynecologists say the law already provides protections to newborns, whether born during a failed abortion or under other circumstances. But when anomalies are so severe that a newborn would die soon after birth, a family may choose what’s known as palliative care or comfort care. This might involve allowing the baby to die naturally without medical intervention.

It is not necessarily a crime to forgo sophisticated medical intervention in cases where severe fetal abnormalities leave a newborn with no chance of survival. This has happened on rare occasions in the course of a late-term abortion. The U.S. government recorded 143 deaths between 2003 and 2014 involving infants born alive during attempted abortions.

In a video message Wednesday to the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Trump said his “born alive executive order” would ensure that babies born alive no matter the circumstances “receive the medical care that they deserve.”

“This is our sacrosanct moral duty," Trump said.

Critics said Trump was trying to “score low-hanging political points."

“It seems this administration will once again seek a solution to a nonexistent problem,” said Jacqueline Ayers, a vice president at Planned Parenthood’s political advocacy arm, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “Health care providers already have an obligation to provide appropriate medical care.”

Trump’s comments come as his campaign and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden work to win over Roman Catholic voters in the Nov. 3 presidential election. For decades, that group has been a pivotal swing vote in U.S. presidential elections, with a majority backing the winner — whether Republican or Democrat — nearly every time.

Advocates for Trump say faithful Catholics should not vote for Biden, who is a practicing Catholic, because of his support for abortion rights. Critics of Trump say he is too divisive and callous to merit their vote.

A Pew Research Center poll over the summer found 50% of Catholics saying they support Trump in the presidential election, compared with 49% backing Biden. A Pew Research Center analysis of voters in 2016 showed 52% of Catholics voted for Trump.

Among Catholic voters in the midterms, 56% said abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 42% say it should be illegal in all or most cases, according to AP VoteCast.

AP VoteCast also found abortion low on the list of priorities for midterm voters: Just 2% nationwide in 2018 considered abortion the top issue facing the country. About a quarter named health care and immigration; roughly 2 in 10 named the economy and jobs.

___

Associated Press writer Hannah Fingerhut contributed to this report.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP Health, AP Health - Children's Health, AP Elections, General Election News, General Presidential Election News, AP Business, AP Health - Women's health, AP Business - Industries, AP Business - Health Care
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Police officers not charged for killing Breonna Taylor
Police in Louisville, Kentucky, say an officer has been shot
9:05PM ( 1 minute ago )
The Latest: Protest marches in US cities over Kentucky case
Louisville, Kentucky, police say an officer has been shot amid protests over a lack of criminal charges for officers directly in the shooting of a Black woman, Breonna Taylor
9:04PM ( 3 minutes ago )
Louisville officer shot, but unclear if tied to protests
Police in Louisville, Kentucky, say an officer has been shot
8:56PM ( 10 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
GOP senators see political, principle gain in court fight
President Donald Trump marveled at a rally this week about how important Supreme Court nominations are to voters
8:22PM ( 44 minutes ago )
The Latest: New Mexico adds 3 states to 'quarantine' list
New Mexico has added three more states to its list of what it considers places with a high coronavirus risk
7:48PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Trump says he won't meet with Judge Lagoa
President Donald Trump says he will not be meeting with Judge Barbara Lagoa, but says the Florida-born jurist is still on his short list to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court
7:41PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
The Latest: N Dakota gives test priority to care facilities
North Dakota's governor has directed health officials to put long-term care residents and workers at the head of the line for coronavirus testing
6:05PM ( 3 hours ago )
Trump works to win over Catholic voters on abortion issue
President Donald Trump says he'll be signing an executive order that would require health care providers to provide medical care to all babies born alive as he makes an election-year push to energize voters opposed to abortion
5:31PM ( 3 hours ago )
Kentucky governor: We need more information on jury decision
Gov. Andy Beshear says the public needs more information about what evidence a grand jury relied on before deciding not to indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Breonna Taylor’s death
5:04PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Online Congress News
Israel's Netanyahu calls for tough lockdown as virus rages
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing for an immediate and strict nationwide lockdown as the country’s raging coronavirus outbreak showed no signs of slowing
5:21PM ( 3 hours ago )
Too much candy: Man dies from eating bags of black licorice
Doctors say a Massachusetts construction worker’s love of black licorice wound up costing him his life
5:02PM ( 4 hours ago )
French defense chief misled nation on troops' virus safety
France’s defense minister has admitted to misleading the nation about virus protections for air force personnel who evacuated French citizens from the hard-hit Chinese city of Wuhan in January
4:55PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Health
UK science advisers warn public on COVID-19 rates
Britain’s top medical adviser says the country has, in a “very bad sense,’” turned a corner on COVID-19 infection rates, with figures suggesting there will be an exponential growth in the disease unless action is taken
6:39AM ( 2 days ago )
About 8,800 unaccompanied children are expelled at US border
About 8,800 unaccompanied children have been quickly expelled from the United States along the Mexico border under a pandemic-related measure that effectively ended asylum
11:28PM ( 1 week ago )
Poll: Pandemic takes toll on mental health of young adults
A new poll has found that the coronavirus pandemic has taken a harsh toll on the mental health of young adults in the United States
10:59AM ( 1 week ago )
AP Health - Children's Health
The Latest: Biden urges Louisville protesters to be peaceful
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he hasn’t received enough information on the grand jury’s decision in the Breonna Taylor case to comment fully, but he urged protesters to keep their demonstrations peaceful
7:03PM ( 2 hours ago )
Judge: Eric Trump must give NY deposition before election
A judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump has until Oct. 7 to speak with New York investigators probing the family’s businesses
6:13PM ( 2 hours ago )
Belarus president sworn in at unannounced inaugural ceremony
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has been sworn in to his sixth term in office at an inaugural ceremony that was not announced in advance amid weeks of huge protests saying the authoritarian leader's reelection was rigged
4:14PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Elections
Cindy McCain rebukes fellow Republican Trump to back Biden
President Donald Trump is reacting harshly to Cindy McCain's decision to endorse Democrat Joe Biden for president over him
7:55AM ( 13 hours ago )
GOP-led Senate committees issue report on Bidens, Ukraine
Two Republican-led Senate committees have issued a politically charged report on the work Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son did in Ukraine
7:04AM ( 14 hours ago )
Senate GOP plans vote on Trump's court pick before election
Senate Republicans are charging ahead with plans to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick to quickly fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court
12:12AM ( 20 hours ago )
General Election News
President of Belarus inaugurated despite disputed election
President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus has assumed his sixth term of office in an inauguration ceremony that officials did not announce in advance
6:55AM ( 14 hours ago )
The Latest: Honolulu to allow some activities to resume
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread of the coronavirus to resume under new guidelines
11:33PM ( 21 hours ago )
Facebook: Fake pages from China tried to disrupt US politics
Facebook says it has removed a small network of fake accounts and pages that originated in China and focused on disrupting political activity in the U.S. and several other countries
7:17PM ( 1 day ago )
General Presidential Election News
California is ready to pull the plug on gas vehicles
California plans to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in 15 years
7:42PM ( 1 hour ago )
Celebs, long vocal about Breonna Taylor case, decry decision
For months, actors, sports stars, musicians and other celebrities have been using their platforms to call for justice in the police shooting death of Breonna Taylor
6:16PM ( 2 hours ago )
New SUV is next step in VW's post-scandal electric offensive
Volkswagen is taking its electric offense to the next level
6:15PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Business
Ginsburg's death puts Roe v. Wade on the ballot in November
The Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is heightening a sense of alarm among supporters of abortion rights
12:12AM ( 2 days ago )
More migrant women say they didn’t OK surgery in detention
An Associated Press review of medical records for four detained immigrant women and interviews with lawyers have revealed growing allegations that a gynecologist performed surgeries and other procedures that the women never sought or didn’t fully understand
11:13PM ( 4 days ago )
AP Exclusive: More migrant women say they didn’t OK surgery
An Associated Press review of medical records for four detained immigrant women and interviews with lawyers have revealed growing allegations that a gynecologist performed surgeries and other procedures that the women never sought or didn’t fully understand
4:21PM ( 5 days ago )
AP Health - Women's health
California moves to end sales of new gas-powered cars
California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the state will halt sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035
4:17PM ( 4 hours ago )
Wells Fargo CEO apologizes for comments about diversity
Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf is apologizing for comments he made suggesting it is difficult to find qualified Black executives in the financial industry
4:04PM ( 5 hours ago )
Saudi king's rare address to UN showcases monarch in charge
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman made a rare address to the U.N. General Assembly, becoming only the second Saudi monarch to do so
3:32PM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Business - Industries
The Latest: At least 2 Oklahoma inmates die of COVID-19
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has reported that two inmates have died due to COVID-19 and seven other deaths are possibly the result of the disease, which is caused by the coronavirus
5:58PM ( 1 day ago )
The Latest: Colorado announces furloughs of state workers
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has announced mandatory furloughs of state workers due to pandemic-related budget cuts and warned about a third wave of coronavirus outbreaks if the state’s upward trend continues
5:34PM ( 1 day ago )
What a gift: Russia offers UN staff free virus vaccines
Russian President Vladimir Putin is offering an unusual gift to mark the U.N.'s 75th anniversary
5:31PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Business - Health Care
Louisville officer shot, but unclear if tied to protests
Police in Louisville, Kentucky, say an officer has been shot
8:56PM ( 11 minutes ago )
Trump won't commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses
President Donald Trump is again declining to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election
8:55PM ( 12 minutes ago )
The Latest: Protest marches in US cities over Kentucky case
People protesting a grand jury’s decision not to criminally indict any police officers directly for the fatal shooting of a Black woman in Kentucky have rallied in cities around the U.S., including New York, Chicago, Washington, D
8:51PM ( 16 minutes ago )
Navy releases documents from Cold War loss of submarine
The Navy has begun releasing documents from the investigation into the deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history
8:46PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Trump says he's 'not a fan' of Meghan's, wishes Harry luck
President Donald Trump took a swipe at the Duchess of Sussex on Wednesday after the former Meghan Markle and Prince Harry participated in a Time 100 video urging Americans to vote
8:40PM ( 28 minutes ago )