During an appearance on Sean Hannity‘s radio show, former GOP Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich claimed that Democrats want to able to ‘kill’ babies up to 30 days after they’re born.
“If the debate on abortion is handled correctly by Trump and the Republicans — that is – we think 15 weeks is a reasonable limit to abortion,” Gingrich said in an audio clip flagged by Media Matters.
“We think the life of the mother, incest, and rape are reasonable exemptions. Versus a party committed to killing your baby on the last day, or in some cases, committed to killing your baby up to 30 days after it’s born. I think we win that fight,” he said.
Gingrich was likely referring to an online rumor from last year that claimed the state of New York passed an abortion bill that legalized “abortion” 28 days after birth.
On Sept. 5, 2022, someone tweeted, “NY just passed a bill allowing “abortion” up to 28 days AFTER birth? Is this real? How can this possibly be happening?” The tweet, which is still live, got over 7,000 likes and over 3,000 retweets.
A Reuters fact check found no evidence that any such law exists. Jeffrey Hammond, Deputy Director of Communications at the New York State Department of Health, told Reuters that the claim was “misinformation” and is “unequivocally false.”
In the state of New York, abortion is legal up until the fetus is viable.