Fox News’s Tucker Carlson put Planned Parenthood Vice President Dawn Laguens on the spot Monday when he repeatedly asked her what she thinks about babies in the womb.
Carlson brought up biology and human development as he questioned Laguens on her employer’s abortion work; and Laguens responded by giving non-answers and then by appealing to moral relativism.
Carlson began by talking about the number of abortions Planned Parenthood does each year — more than 300,000, the Washington Free Beacon reports. Laguens confirmed this with a nod.
He then brought up the ability to detect a fetal heartbeat by about five and a half weeks into the pregnancy, and asked Laguens what she thought about that.
According to the report:
“I’m just wondering, as someone who works there, what do you think of that?” he asked. “What is being aborted? If you can hear the heartbeat, what is that thing being aborted? How do you feel about that?”
Laguens said that abortion is a right in the United States.
“Well abortion is a right in this country. Women have their own views on whether or not they want to be pregnant. That is not a viable fetus at five and a half weeks, anyone knows that,” she said. “And what you would do is make your own choice.”
Carlson asked again.
“What specifically do you think?” he asked. “You work for the country’s biggest abortion provider, if you can hear the heartbeat of this fetus, what is it? Is it a piece of tissue or is it a separate human being?”
“I think that’s up to each individual to decide what they believe,” Laguens said.
Throughout the interview, Laguens continued to dodge Carlson’s questions about the nature of an abortion and the development of a baby in the womb.
Planned Parenthood routinely avoids talking about human development and biology, whether in media interviews or in its clinics. Some women who visited Planned Parenthood reported being denied the chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn baby or lied to about their baby’s heartbeat.
In the scientific community, it is well established that human life begins at the moment of conception. It also is generally accepted as fact that the fetal heartbeat begins during the earliest stages of pregnancy, typically between four to six weeks after fertilization. In October, researchers at the University of Oxford announced findings that the heart actually may begin beating earlier – as soon as 16 days after conception.