President Trump Invites One of Youngest Surviving Preemies to SOTU, Calls Out Extremism on Abortion

February 4, 2020
CONTACT: Mallory Quigley
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Washington, D.C.  – Tonight in his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump once again called out Democratic Party leaders for their support of abortion on demand through birth and even infanticide, urging Congress to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to stop late-term abortions after five months of pregnancy.

President Trump’s special guests at tonight’s State of the Union included Ellie Schneider and her mother Robin. Born at just 21 weeks and six days, Ellie is one of the youngest babies to survive in the United States. Today Ellie is a happy, healthy two-year-old. Research shows that survival rates for extremely premature babies have dramatically improved with active care.

The President said:

In 2017, doctors at St. Luke’s hospital in Kansas City delivered one of the earliest premature babies ever to survive.  Born at just 21 weeks and 6 days, and weighing less than a pound, Ellie Schneider was born a fighter.  Through the skill of her doctors — and the prayers of her parents — little Ellie kept on winning the battle for life.  Today, Ellie is a strong, healthy 2-year-old girl sitting with her amazing mother Robin in the gallery. Ellie and Robin: We are so glad you are here.

Ellie reminds us that every child is a miracle of life. Thanks to modern medical wonders, 50 percent of very premature babies delivered at the hospital where Ellie was born now survive. Our goal should be to ensure that every baby has the best chance to thrive and grow just like Ellie. That is why I am asking the Congress to provide an additional $50 million to fund neo-natal research for America’s youngest patients. That is also why I am calling upon the Members of Congress here tonight to pass legislation finally banning the late-term abortion of babies.

 Whether we are Republican, Democrat, or Independent, surely we must all agree that every human life is a sacred gift from God!

The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) praised President Trump’s pro-life leadership in a statement:

“President Trump continually uses his platform to lift up abortion survivors, who put a human face on the staggering toll of Roe v. Wade, and to expose the abortion extremism of his opponents,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, who serves as national co-chair of Pro-Life Voices for Trump. “Precious children like Ellie are legally aborted every day in America at a point by which science shows they feel excruciating pain. A strong majority of Americans back legislation protecting unborn babies from late-term abortion after five months of pregnancy, yet Democratic contenders for president cannot identify a single limit on abortion they support – they won’t even condemn infanticide. The heartless policies of today’s Democratic Party would deny that babies like Ellie have any right to live.

“The stakes of the coming elections could not be higher. SBA List’s ground team is on a mission to make at least four million visits to voters through Election Day to defeat abortion extremists and help re-elect President Trump, the most pro-life president in history.”

SBA List is tracking the pro-life wins of the Trump-Pence administration and the positions of each presidential candidate on forced taxpayer funding of abortion, late-term abortion on demand through birth, and infanticide at

SBA List is a network of more than 837,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.





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