On September 16, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) refused to say whether he thinks an unborn baby with a human liver and a human heart is a human being. CNS News reports that they asked him about his position on abortion at a press conference and he said, “Look, I’m not going to get into the medical questions on that very, very controversial and very tough issue for people. They have to make their determinations.”
Then, they asked him: “If it’s not of the human species, what species is it?” He responded, “I’m done. I’m done here.” Unfortunately, Sen. Hoyer’s response is not surprising considering the Democratic Party’s strong support of abortion.
As LifeNews previously reported, the House of Representatives approved a pro-life bill that would hold the Planned Parenthood abortion business criminally liable for harvesting body parts from aborted babies who are technically still alive. However, Sen. Hoyer did not vote in support of the bill, following the majority of Democrats in the House.
The legislation, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3505), was sponsored by pro-life Congressman Trent Franks and would make failure to provide standard medical care to children born alive during an abortion a federal crime. It would also apply stronger penalties in cases where an overt act is taken to kill the abortion survivor.
H.R. 3504 was a response to ten videos that were released by The Center for Medical Progress showing Planned Parenthood’s top executives haggling over the price of aborted babies’ body parts, admitting to altering abortion procedures to procure salable organs for harvesting and casually discussing ways their doctors can “crush” unborn babies to obtain fully intact parts. Unbelievably, one Planned Parenthood director even jokes about using the money she receives from selling aborted babies to buy a Lamborghini.
Then, in the seventh video, Holly O’Donnell described the harvesting, or “procurement,” of organs from a nearly intact late-term fetus aborted at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s Alameda clinic in San Jose, CA. “‘You want to see something kind of cool,’” O’Donnell says her supervisor asked her. “And she just taps the heart, and it starts beating. And I’m sitting here and I’m looking at this fetus, and its heart is beating, and I don’t know what to think.”
So far, The Center for Medical Progress has released ten videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s organ harvesting business. Unfortunately, Sen. Hoyer also voted against the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortion after 20-weeks when babies have the capacity to feel pain.