President Trump has used the annual State of the Union address to call for an end to late-term abortion.

Trump made the call for a ban in the context of discussing advancements in caring for premature babies.

“As we pray for all who are sick, we know that America is constantly achieving new medical breakthroughs”, he said.

Trump said that 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,” he added.

President Trump said that 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!”, said Trump.

Trump recently became the first US President to address the annual March for Life in person.