Planned Parenthood attempts to explain post-birth abortion argument

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Actual 3D ultrasound image of a fetus. Photo credit dailymail.co.uk

A Planned Parenthood representative shocked Florida House members when she testified at a committee hearing during Holy Week that she believed it’s OK to end a baby’s life if it survives a botched abortion.

“We believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family and the physician,” the Planned Parenthood representative said.

The bill then under consideration, HB 1129, would require that any time a botched abortion results in a live birth, both medical care and legal protection would have to be offered the child.

Planned Parenthood felt it necessary to clarify its position after the brouhaha caused by their representative’s remarks. Publications across the country used terms such as “infanticide” and “post-birth abortions.”

It issued the following response, which neither condemns the testimony presented last week in committee, nor alter its opposition to the bill under consideration. The statement says, according to LifeNews:

Last week, a panel of Florida state legislators demanded speculation about a vague set of extremely unlikely and highly unusual medical circumstances.  Medical guidelines and ethics already compel physicians facing life-threatening circumstances to respond, and Planned Parenthood physicians provide high-quality medical care and adhere to the most rigorous professional standards, including providing emergency care. In the extremely unlikely event that the scenario presented by the panel of legislators should happen, of course Planned Parenthood would provide appropriate care to both the woman and the infant.

First of all, Planned Parenthood describes a live birth following a late-term abortion as “extremely unlikely and highly unusual” and later as an “extremely unlikely event.” Statistics, however, don’t bear this out.

According to the records of the Aarhus University Hospital in Skejby, Denmark’s second largest maternity clinic, would indicate otherwise. One out of six — or 16 percent — of those abortions performed late in term, between the 12th and 22nd week of pregnancy, resulted in fetuses showing signs of life.

Secondly, it’s statement that “of course Planned Parenthood would provide appropriate care to both the woman and the infant” isn’t supported by fact.

In the memorable following video clip, a member of Students for Life of America visited a Planned Parenthood clinic in Freehold, N.J. and is told that late term abortions are performed by inducing labor. A live birth often results, in which case the child is left to die.

Indeed, if this weren’t a problem, there would be no need for HB 1129.

H/T LifeNews.

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  • Stephen

    Why not just legalize infanticide? I mean, it's not always clear by the third trimester that the fetus is defective. Sometimes, the worst fetuses – I mean, there's just no chance of it ever developing into a normal, healthy, happy adult with a life worth living – don't reveal their defects for quite some time after birth! For instance, maybe a baby is learning-disabled; there's no prenatal test for that! Why should a woman's right to choose be limited by the vicissitudes of biology? Similarly, other children have ADHD that doesn't show up until their teenage years! How can we be so heartless as to condemn these miserable wretches, unfit to live, to so many years of suffering? And their poor mothers! Do their rights to choose mean nothing? For shame.

    Abortion is a basic human right. This article underscores vividly how this right MUST NOT end with birth. It should be the right of every parent – oops, I meant mother – to exercise their right to choose through age 18.

    Wait, maybe age 21.

    • Janet

      you are really a sick individual aren't you…OMG…can't even believe you wrote that.

      • Stephen

        I thought it was clear that every single word there was written with bitter sarcasm. But I should have reflected that these days, one might think such opinions to be serious.

        • Deborah

          It was clear; takes one to know one?

      • Tessa

        I think Janet, he was using quite a bit of sarcasm in trying to point out how ludicrous these pro death people are.

  • Suzanne malafronte

    The people for most abortions are the same people that think it is wrong to imply a Death penalty for murders and rapists. Strange. i want these citizens who are for it to view a real video of how just at two months the baby is forming and has senses and feels pain. Drs literally hack away at the spinal cord of a fetus if it survives a botched abortion. Lips form a scream. it is so sad.

  • tmunson15

    liberals…..they want gun control to "save" the children ..yet will rigorously kill them through abortion…clearly obvious to me that not only do they have no morals and no ethics….they don't have a clue

  • Tessa

    Or maybe, Stephen, any time at all that a "mom" might spot a "defect" in her child. Age is irrelevant!

  • Kim

    Maybe you should have been aborted since you think it's a basic human right. You don't appear to be human so maybe that's why you were allowed to live. You are a sick piece of work.

    • Marge H

      He was being facetious—although truth be told, there are ignorant people out there who do believe a woman's "right" to abort her child supercedes a child's right to life. The fact is, a woman can pretty much insist on doing whatever she feels she must with her own body—but it STOPS THERE. Another, individual LIFE is housed in that body and because it is a human LIFE, it DOES have the basic and inalienable right to LIVE.

  • Deborah

    The only thing we have to fear is…ourselves. If you start to feel the need to decide who shall be allowed to develop, be born, or live, please feel free to choose to abort, partial-birth abort or post-birth abort any of those needs, desires or thoughts that might grow to burden you or your family in the future. If you feel offended at the suggestion to abort your thoughts, I am comforted that you may also be capable of comprehending some offense in the purposeful ending of an innocent human life. I'm glad you're here; pass it on.