Planned Parenthood has recently refused to say medical care should be given to a a baby born alive after an abortion.
The shocking refusal came during Cecile Richards’ September Congressional testimony under oath. Planned Parenthood’s president claimed that she never heard of a case where a baby was born alive after an abortion. In addition, she claimed that this could never occur at a Planned Parenthood because they do not do abortions past viability.
Her statements came during questions Richards was asked in the hearings on whether she would approve of giving medical care to a child which survives an abortion attempt.
It was really a simple question and it deserved a simple yes or no response. But true to Planned Parenthood’s nature, the president who makes $500,000 plus annually to defend all things abortion, skirted the real issue by stating:
“I’ve never heard of such a circumstance happening,” the Planned Parenthood CEO stated.
In fact, I have personally documented several cases where babies survived abortions and were born alive. It is not an uncommon phenomenon inside the abortion industry which refers to these cases as “the dreaded complication.”
The issue was made more public when the Philadelphia Inquirer did an entire expose‘ on the topic some years back.
A quick google news search turns up the story of a Stanford University doctor who told Knight-Rider that his hospital saw cases where babies survived abortions while the same article quotes a 1974 study which estimated that 200 live births from abortions occurred annually in the United States.
In 1989, a 26 week old as well as a 24 week old baby aborted at the University of Wisconsin Hospital were reported to survive their abortions but died hours later.
And more recently, survivors of abortion testified to Congress recounting how they were born alive after their mother submitted to an abortion.
It was not that long ago when Alisa LaPolt Snow a lobbyist for Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates testified before the Florida House of Representatives that the abortion business objected to a law that required the abortionist to transfer a baby that was born alive after an abortion.
The video went viral because of the cold-hearted nature of Snow’s comments where she stated that the decision to help a baby which survives an abortion rests solely with the woman, “we believe any decision that’s made should be up to the-the woman, her family and the physician…That decision should be between the patient and the healthcare provider.”
Later in Planned Parenthood’s exchange before the US Congress, Richards clarified her statement saying that she had never heard of an instance at Planned Parenthood where a baby was born alive after an abortion.
“We don’t provide abortions after viability. But, I certainly in my experience at Planned Parenthood we never had that kind of circumstance,” she said.
Despite the Planned Parenthood CEO’s insistence that they do not perform abortions past viability, a recent Saynsumthn Post details how they were expecting late term abortions at Planned Parenthood to increase.
Planned Parenthood abortion doctor Deborah Nucatola was recorded on video from the Center for Medical Progress telling undercover “buyers” that although there are independent clinics performing abortions to 26 weeks, Planned Parenthood (which she stated did not perform abortions that far “yet”) also wanted make sure the industry generally aborts babies “to the legal limit”:
- There’s a lot of conversation about who goes to the legal limit in their state; if they don’t go to the legal limit in their state why don’t they? Is there another provider that does? So we’re about to start doing some mapping work to say, you know, are there states where nobody’s going to the legal limit? And if not, why not, and what can we do about that?
Richards once said that she believes life begins at delivery, a statement which might explain why she hedges so when asked if she believes a child who survives an abortion should receive medical care.
So it was no surprise when Richards was asked a second time by a member if Congress she believed medical care should be administered when a live abortion occurs and once again, the stone-cold Planned Parenthood president refused to say “yes.” However, after being pressed, Richards finally relented. Although she again denyied that babies sometimes survive abortions she choked out the words, “A baby born, uh, that baby should as the mother should get appropriate medical care from the physician. And would.”
Watch the exchange here:
LifeNews Note: Carole Novielli is the author of the blog Saynsumthn, where this article originally appeared.