Attorney General Won’t Say if Obama Will Enforce Law Protecting Babies Who Survive Abortions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 23, 2015   |   2:22PM   |   Washington, DC

If an unborn baby survives a botched abortion and the abortionist just lets the baby die without providing him or her with proper medical care after the accidental birth, should the abortion doctor be held accountable? Apparently, if such a law were in place, Attorney general Loretta Lynch would not commit the Obama administration to enforcing it.

The surprising comments from Lynch came during a Congressional hearing last week and an exchange between Lynch and pro-life Arizona rep. Trent Franks. He asked her about a House-approved bill that would hold the Planned Parenthood abortion business criminally liable for harvesting body parts from aborted babies who are technically still alive.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, sponsored by Franks, 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.

This is the same hearing during which Lynch confirmed what pro-life organizations suspected in the wake of the scandal involving Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies and their body pats: The head of the Obama administration’s Justice Department hasn’t even bothered to review the videos for any potential violations of federal law.

Breitbart News has a transcript of the exchange and the video follows:

“There’s legislation here in the Congress that’s passed the House that would give definitive protection to born alive – now, I’m not talking about unborn babies – but born alive babies that have survived the abortion process,” said Franks to Lynch, during her testimony before the House Judiciary Committee this week.

“Would you support that legislation, and would you enforce it if it were in statute?”

Lynch would not answer the questions about enforcing the law, and instead focused attention on the pending legislation.

“Congressman, I have not seen those drafts,” she responded. “Certainly with respect to any draft legislation proposed by this body, the Department of Justice will review it and provide the relevant input to you for your help and for your use.”

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“But generally would you support legislation supporting born alive abortion survivors?” Trent asked again.

“Not having seen the drafts, I’m not able to comment on specifics,” she insisted.

Franks persisted, asking whether, “just generally,” Lynch supported such laws.

“We would look at whatever proposals you have –” Lynch said.

“Born alive. Born alive,” he pressed her.

Lynch repeated she “would look at whatever proposals you have, Congressman.”

“That’s too bad you can’t answer a question like that,” Franks finally said.