GOP Chair: Do Democrats Endorse Infanticide Like Planned Parenthood?

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 3, 2013   |   12:28PM   |   Washington, DC

The chairman of the Republican Party is challenging Democrats who support taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood to condemn the abortion business for its recent stance in favor of infanticide.

Planned Parenthood has been condemned for what many see as promoting infanticide by opposing a bill in the state legislature that would provide medical care and legal protection for babies who are born alive after failed abortions. According to its lobbyist, “any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician.”

The Florida affiliate of the Planned Parenthood abortion business then released a new statement that failed to repudiate the views.

Now, Republican party chair Reince Priebus, in a new column at the conservative web site Red State, is challenging Democrats to speak out against the abortion business.

Not once in her testimony did the Planned Parenthood representative say the newborn baby has a right to life. Not once did she say anyone has a duty to care for the child. Whether the living, breathing child survives is up to the adults in the room because, as we now know, Planned Parenthood doesn’t believe the baby has rights.

Planned Parenthood is an organization that receives taxpayer funding, including millions from the federal government. They also enjoy the unwavering support of almost all elected Democrats.

The President, the Senate Majority Leader, the House Democratic Leader, and the Chair of the Democratic National Committee (in whose home state this hearing occurred) made funding Planned Parenthood an issue in the 2012 campaign. They should now all be held to account for that outspoken support. If the media won’t, then voters must ask the pressing questions: Do these Democrats also believe a newborn has no rights? Do they also endorse infanticide?

I certainly hope not. I hope this is a place where we can all find common ground. Surely, all Americans can agree that a newborn deserves immediate medical care—and, if necessary, emergency care—regardless of the circumstances of birth.

As a proud pro-life Republican, I firmly believe that an unborn child has a right to life. I realize there are those who disagree, but I never thought there was a debate over whether a newborn child had a right to life. Some may not believe life begins at conception, but don’t we all agree life begins at birth?

Apparently not.



Liberals often attack conservative lawmakers for casting a wary eye toward federal and state funding for Planned Parenthood. They can’t seem to comprehend why anyone would oppose giving taxpayer dollars to the abortion provider. Maybe now they can understand.

In the last election, Republicans were repeatedly asked about whether they supported cutting funding to Planned Parenthood. It’s time Democrats are asked whether they still support funding an organization that refuses to care for a newborn.