New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand lied during her Fox News town hall interview last night. She falsely claimed that “infanticide does not exist,” despite CDC statistics and state figures showing babies born alive after abortions left to die.
She criticized Fox News and host Chris Wallace for giving a platform to those who have attacked Democrats for blocking legislation to stop infanticide 52 times in Congress.
“And Chris, I want to talk about the role that Fox News plays in this, because it’s a problem,” Gillibrand said, with no objection from Wallace. “I can tell you before President Trump gave his date of the union, Fox News talked about infanticide, and infanticide doesn’t exist.”
Wallace responded, saying, “Senator, senator, I just want to say we’ve brought you here for an hour, we have given you, we are treating you very fairly, I understand that maybe to make your credentials with the Democrats who are not appearing on Fox News, you are going to attack us.”
“I’m not sure it’s frankly very polite when we invited you to be here,” he said.
“What happens on Fox News is relevant because they talked about infanticide for 6.5 hours,” Gillibrand said. “Six-point-five hours, right before President Trump’s State of the Union, mentioned it 35 times. That is not the debate of what access to reproductive care is in this country. It doesn’t happen, it’s illegal, it’s not a fact.”
At Fox News town hall, @SenGillibrand uses abortion question to stick it to the network.
GILLIBRAND: “Fox News talked about infanticide. Infanticide doesn’t exist —“
WALLACE [interrupts]: “Senator, senator … we brought you here for an hour, we’re treating you very fairly.” pic.twitter.com/1Xw6XVJtg2
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) June 3, 2019
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as the personal testimonies of nurses and abortion survivors themselves, indicate that babies do sometimes survive abortions. According to the CDC, at least 143 babies were born alive after botched abortions between 2003 and 2014 in the U.S., though there may be more.
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However, research by the American Center for Law and Justice estimated the number is much higher, at least 362 between 2001 and 2010.
Our analysis is further supported by data from Canada that shows in the last reported ten years, “491 babies were left to die after they were born alive during abortions.” A look at how these statistics are recorded by Canada’s official recording agency (also using ICD-10 code P96.4), explained here and here, further confirms the data recorded by the CDC. In Britain it is reported that 50 babies are born alive as the result of botched abortions each year. Additionally, an “estimated 44,000 abortion survivors” are living in the United States today.
In fact, a new report from Florida shows that at least six babies were born alive during abortions in that state in 2018. The report does not indicate what happened to them.
Data from other countries suggest the same. In 2018, for example, the Canadian Institute of Health Information reported 766 late-term, live-birth abortions over a five-year period. In Western Australia, at least 27 babies survived abortions between 1999 and 2016, according to the state’s health minister.
Currently, 19 states do not have laws requiring medical care for babies born alive after botched abortions, according to research by Americans United for Life.
Some states never have passed laws to protect abortion survivors, while at least one other, New York, recently repealed its law requiring medical care for infants who survive abortions.