Yesterday, there was a protest outside Boston Medical Center against Melania Trump’s visit. The first lady was there to learn about and bring attention to the Hospital’s cuddling program, which works with babies that were exposed to substances before birth.
The program focuses on helping babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome, which occurs when the mother abuses drugs or alcohol while pregnant. They also work with expecting mothers who have substance mistreatment. A great deal of the program works to increase cuddling, skin-to-skin contact, and physical presence, which can help to reduce stress in infants.
Melania Trump was quoted as saying, “I hope today’s visit helps shine a light on programs like yours.”
The crowd which gathered outside, around 200 people, was composed of medical professionals, hospital workers, and other civilians. Many of the protesters seemed to be upset about President Trump’s immigration measures.
Medical professionals standing in solidarity at Boston Medical center in protest of First Lady Melania Trumps visit.
First lady visiting cuddle program at Boston hospital for babies born on drugs.@boston25 pic.twitter.com/DPDaFxnI5j
— Scott McDonnell (@ScottMcDonnell_) November 6, 2019
Some signs read “We really do care do you?” while others expressed LGBTQ rights agenda and referenced other “exceptions” to healthcare.
One protester was quoted as saying “This is not a person that we want to come to our home, our hospital.”
Another accused Melania of using their babies as “political props.”
I am simultaneously heartbroken and enraged at the extreme politicization. Since when has something as good and wholesome as cuddling infants become a “political prop” to fight for immigration? Can the Trumps do anything right in the minds of these people?
I am also worried about those that use the hospital. Will their medical care be protested if their doctors disagree with their reasons for coming in?
You are a medical provider. If you care about these children and the health of their future, then you should be ECSTATIC that any public figure is bringing national attention to their wellbeing.
To the protesters: If Melania is using these kids for a political agenda and good publicity, so are you.