The president of the United States, Donald Trump, signed an executive order this Friday with which he seeks ensure medical care for newborns during abortion procedures, a few cases that occur very infrequently.
“Every baby born alive, regardless of the circumstances of their birth, has the same dignity and the same rights than any other individual and is entitled to the same protections, “says the order signed by Trump.
The text conditions the granting of federal funds hospitals to comply with this order.
Although the laws in force already protect the lives of newborns, in his executive order Trump assured that in some hospitals infants are denied medical care extremely premature or ill, “even when parents ask for treatment.”
“It is the norm in the United States to recognize human dignity and inherent worth of each newborn or other young child, regardless of their prematurity or disability, “said the president.
Trump signed this order on the eve of his announcement of the nomination of a new judge for the US Supreme Court, who according to local media will be the ultra-conservative Amy Coney Barrett, and in the middle of the presidential campaign.
The ultraconservative movement and the Republicans have tried in recent years to restrict or prohibit the right to abortion in the United States, something that would be closer to happening with Barrett’s appointment by consolidating the right-wing majority of six to three in the High Court.
In the United States the abortion is legal in practice since in 1973 the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional any interference by the State in the decision of women about pregnancy.
Barrett would substitute progressive Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away last week.
Republicans have tried unsuccessfully to pass laws in Congress similar to the executive order signed by Trump, although in those texts they were considered jail sentences for physicians denying medical care to these newborns.
Critics of the measure argue that the cases of newborns during abortions are very rare and that the current laws they already protect them.