Cecile Richards Can’t Say if Late-Term Abortions on Healthy Babies is Wrong

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 11, 2013   |   4:19PM   |   Washington, DC

The typical mantra for Planned Parenthood and other abortion proponents who want late-term abortions to be kept legal is to appeal to hard cases.

The rationale usually involves a woman who desperately wanted her unborn child but, because of some ultra-rare medical condition that may or may not necessitate an abortion, the mother decides to take her baby’s life instead of hold out hope or seek medical treatment for her or her child.

During the Planned Parenthood rally this morning to keep abortions legal up to the point of birth, the president of the abortion business couldn’t say whether it is wrong to kill unborn children late in pregnancy if the baby and mother are perfectly health and the abortion is for birth control.

Crack pro-life reporter John McCormack of the Weekly Standard interviewed Cecile Richards and reported on her refusal to answer the question:

But asked about late-term abortion when there isn’t a medical problem (Texas’s proposed abortion limit has exceptions for the physical health of the mother and severe “fetal abnormalities”), Richards refused to answer. Nor did she reply when asked if she supports any legal limits on abortion.

Here’s the transcript of the exchange:

THE WEEKLY STANDARD: [Supporters of late-term abortion bans] say there’s not much of a difference between what Kermit Gosnell did outside the womb to a baby at 23 weeks and a legal late-term abortion [performed] at 23 weeks on that same baby. What is the difference between those two?

CECILE RICHARDS: I mean he was a criminal. And he’s now going to jail. As I think you heard Senator Franken say and many women who have written about their own personal stories, it is very rare for a woman to need to terminate a pregnancy after 20 weeks. And quite often it’s stories like one we heard today where there is the decision of the doctor that this is the best way, the best for a woman. And the problem is when you have politicians begin to play doctor and make decisions about women’s medical care. They aren’t in that woman’s situation.



TWS: But there has been research out of, I think, University of California-San Francisco about non-medical late-term abortions. These things do happen, even if they’re a small number. I’m talking about that specific area. I mean if there were broader exceptions, would you–

AIDE TO CECILE RICHARDS: I know you’re in a rush, so I can follow up to get you some more information.

TWS: Are there any legal limits you do support on abortion, Ms. Richards?

Though there was plenty of time for Richards to answer the questions as she walked toward a U.S. Senate office building, she remained silent after her aide tried to cut off questioning.