Trump claims Democrats ‘don’t mind executing babies after birth’ after blocked abortion bill

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE on Monday ramped up his attacks against Democratic senators over abortion after the Senate failed to advance an anti-abortion measure on Monday.

"Senate Democrats just voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children," Trump claimed on Twitter on Monday. "The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth."

Trump continued in a separate tweet that "this will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress."

"If there is one thing we should all agree on, it’s protecting the lives of innocent babies," he said. 

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Senate Democrats on Monday blocked a measure to penalize doctors who fail to "exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion."

The bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseSenate GOP votes to permanently ban earmarks The Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget Senate Republicans running away from Alabama abortion law MORE (R-Neb.), was introduced with the intention of responding to a controversy in Virginia over late-term abortion.  

Senators voted 53-44 to advance the measure, seven votes short of the necessary votes. Three Democratic senators, including Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Senate panel approves Interior nominee over objections from Democrats Labor head warns of 'frightening uptick' in black lung disease among miners MORE (W.Va.), Doug Jones (Ala.) and Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick Casey2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues Why Congress needs to bring back tax deduction for worker expenses Biden cements spot as 2020 front-runner MORE Jr. (Pa.) voted to have the measure proceed. 

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Details on Senate's 0B defense bill | Bill rejects Trump plan to skirt budget caps | Backfills money for border wall | Defense chief says more troops could head to Mideast Dem senator plans amendment to restrict military action against Iran Overnight Defense: Iran worries dominate foreign policy talk | Pentagon reportedly to send WH plans for 10K troops in Mideast | Democrats warn Trump may push through Saudi arms sale | Lawmakers blast new Pentagon policy on sharing info MORE (D-Va.) said in a statement after the vote that he opposed the measure because of the Republican Party's "misleading" statements. 

"Congress reaffirmed that fact with its passage of the bipartisan Born-Alive Infants Protection Act in 2002. I support that law, which is still in effect. There is no need for additional federal legislation on this topic," Kaine said. 

Issues surrounding late-term abortion gained widespread attention in January after a Democratic-backed bill in Virginia's state legislature proposed to loosen restrictions on late-term abortions in cases where the mother's health is threatened.

Gov. Ralph Northam (D) also sparked backlash from lawmakers and anti-abortion groups over the comments he made about third-trimester abortions. 

"In this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen: the infant would be delivered; the infant would be kept comfortable; the infant would be resuscitated if that's what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother," Northam said. 

The governor has contended that his comments were taken out of context.