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Congresswoman: Defund Planned Parenthood Over Its Infanticide OK

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 4/4/13 4:08 PM

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A leading pro-life member of Congress says Planned Parenthood’s latest endorsement of post-birth abortions, or infanticide, should be reason enough for Congress to yank its taxpayer funding.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, has sent a letter to Planned Parenthood in response to their advocacy in support of post-birth abortion before the Florida state legislature. Video of the disturbing exchange between the Planned Parenthood lobbyist and several Florida state legislators can be seen here.

“So, um, it is just really hard for me to even ask you this question because I’m almost in disbelief. If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?” a legislator asked a Planned Parenthood lobbyist.

“Um, well, we believe that any decision is made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician,” she responded.

Blackburn sponsored the first pro-life bill of the 113th Congress – the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (H.R. 61) – to stop taxpayer money from going to big, profitable abortion businesses.

“Planned Parenthood owes the American taxpayers answers to some very basic questions. Any organization receiving taxpayer funding should not lobby in support of expanding abortions, especially controversial propositions like infanticide which dramatically calls into question the way Constitutional rights are bestowed upon every person born in this country,” Blackburn said.

She told LifeNews in a statement, “Planned Parenthood’s disturbing testimony is just one more reason why we must pass H.R. 61 – to end taxpayer funding for big abortion businesses through the Title X grant program.”

Blackburn is Vice Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees Title X of the Public Health Service Act.

The Planned Parenthood abortion business in Florida was opposing a bill in the state legislature that would provide medical care and legal protection for babies who are born alive after failed abortions.

This is the same legislation President Barack Obama refused to support during his time in the Illinois legislature and it mirrors a national law President George W. Bush signed after nurse Jill Stanek exposed how her Chicago-area hospital left babies to die in utility closets after botched abortions.

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The pro-life bill, HB 1129, ultimately cleared the House Criminal justice Subcommittee. The bill would require that medical care be given to newborns, likely to be premature, who survive botched abortions. The care would be given at a hospital and not at the abortion clinic.

“The state has an interest in people who are incapacitated,” said bill sponsor Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park. “This bill is intended to guarantee all respect and humanity to an infant that’s born alive, regardless of how it entered this world.”