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.