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Planned Parenthood Pro-Infanticide Lobbyist Lied to Catholic Group

by Steven Ertelt | Tallahassee, FL | LifeNews.com | 4/11/13 12:03 PM

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The controversial Planned Parenthood lobbyist who put the Florida chapter of the nation’s largest abortion business on record supporting infanticide was once a member of the board of directors for a local Catholic Charities branch.

Now, representatives of that group say Alisa Lapolt Snow lied to them by saying she was pro-life while she worked for the organization.

As LifeNews initially reported, Snow defended the practice of allowing babies not killed in an abortion to be allowed to die afterwards. She said the decision on whether to provide such children with medical care is between the mother having the abortion and the abortion practitioner.

Now, a report by the Catholic News Agency has officials with the Catholic group Snow worked for before joining Planned Parenthood saying she misled them.

Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida says it is saddened that a former board member has become a Planned Parenthood lobbyist, noting that she had affirmed Catholic teaching in applying for the board.

“We were appalled and equally saddened and disappointed to learn of her advocacy on behalf of Planned Parenthood, and want to reiterate Catholic Charities’ absolute commitment to upholding Catholic teachings on abortion and other issues threatening the sanctity of human life,” Mark Dufva, executive director of Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida, told EWTN News April 9.

Dufva said former board member Alisa Lapolt Snow underwent a vetting process that included a detailed application, checking personal references, an interview, and approval by the local bishop.

The process concluded with an orientation that Dufva said “clearly explains Catholic social teaching on a number of issues, including abortion.”

“At several times throughout the process, potential board members are asked if they have any conflicts with these teachings,” he said.

“At no time during the process did Ms. Snow express any disagreement with the Church’s teaching on these subjects, and she signed a board member agreement wherein she reiterated that understanding.”

Dufva noted that Snow resigned from the Catholic Charities affiliate’s regional advisory board on January 21. He said her activities on behalf of Planned Parenthood began after she resigned.

He said members of the Catholic Charities’ regional advisory board serve as “ambassadors” for the organization and help raise funds to provide “vital assistance” to those who are vulnerable.

“All of us at Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida are praying for Ms. Snow and are deeply saddened by this turn of events,” Dufva said.

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Snow 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.

During the same hearing, a Florida legislator noted how more than 1,200 babies died following a failed abortion and their whose deaths were reported as “mortality subsequent to an abortion.” As the representative emphasized, those are only the number of reported deaths following botched abortions, and the actual figures could be higher.