Abortion Activist: Child Surviving Abortion Shouldn’t Necessarily Receive “All Available Medical Care”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 16, 2016   |   6:26PM   |   Washington, DC

Abortion activists believe the decision to kill an unborn baby in the womb should be between a woman and her doctor. However, some believe women and doctors should be able to make that same decision about babies outside of the womb, too.

On Tuesday, a pro-abortion professor testified before a U.S. Senate hearing that families should be the ones to decide whether babies born alive after failed abortion attempts should receive potentially life-saving medical attention.

CNS News reports Diana Greene Foster, a professor and researcher at the University of California San Francisco, made the admission as U.S. Senators considered a federal bill that would require doctors to provide medical care to babies who survive abortions.

According to the report:

A panel of expert witnesses discussed the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), which would ban abortion past 20 weeks of pregnancy; and the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, introduced by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), which would require health care practitioners to provide medical treatment to a child born alive in their presence after an abortion attempt.

“Just to be clear,” said [Louisiana Sen. David] Vitter. “Nobody disagrees that a child born alive should get all available medical care for survival?”

“I do disagree,” Foster replied. “I can imagine situations where the doctors and nurses have decided that there’s not a point in medical intervention. And by whisking the baby away [to attempt treatment], you’ve taken away a woman’s chance to hold her child and say goodbye.”

“Okay, so if there is care available towards survival, you think that in some cases that care should be denied?” Vitter asked.

“I think that the law says that all– that the child has to be taken away and receive medical care if there are signs of life – which doesn’t allow for the physician or nurse, or more importantly the wishes of the family, to say that they don’t think that care is going to help in this case and that they want to be able to hold their child,” Foster said.

Kathi Aultman, a former abortion doctor who is now pro-life, pointed out the deadly outcome of Foster’s position.

“The worst complication for an abortionist is to have the baby born alive, and I do not feel that the abortionist has the best interests of that child at stake and the mother may not either,” Aultman told the Senate hearing.



“The bill is not saying that you must give that baby extraordinary care,” she continued. “They’re just saying you have to give them the same care you would give any other baby at that gestation. And at that gestational age they do need to be where they can get the best help, and the mother can go with them.”

Foster defended her radical position in front of abortion survivor Melissa Ohden, who also testified during the hearing on Tuesday. Ohden survived a saline infusion late-term abortion.

“As a child who was initially left to die after an abortion, I believe that timely, appropriate medical care is incredibly important to children like me,” Ohden said prior to the hearing.

On Tuesday, Ohden told the Senators that she is personally aware of 207 abortion survivors like herself. These people are alive today because they received medical care after the failed attempts to abort them — care that abortion activists like Foster would allow doctors and women to deny.

“If my birth mother had gone to Planned Parenthood, I believe I would not be here today,” Ohden said during the hearing.

Planned Parenthood does about 330,000 abortions a year, more than any other group in the U.S. In September, Planned Parenthood leaders refused to say medical care should be given to a baby born alive after an abortion.

The shocking refusal came during the abortion business CEO’s 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.