Actress Busy Philipps was confronted with the reality of abortion Tuesday during a U.S. Congressional hearing when she heard the testimony of abortion survivor Melissa Ohden.
Philipps (“Cougar Town,” “Busy Tonight”) testified in support of abortion, but she struggled to answer questions about Ohden’s right to life, The Blaze reports.
Ohden also testified in front of the committee, telling how she survived a late term abortion that was forced upon her birth mother and how a nurse saved her life after a medical team discussed letting her die.
One lawmaker, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, decided to ask Philipps about Ohden’s story, trying to determine just how far her support for abortion extends.
“Would you agree that somebody who has survived an abortion, like Melissa Ohden, has a right, once she’s born, to life, to control over her body where someone else doesn’t take her life?” Gohmert asked.
“Although I played a doctor on television, sir, I am actually not a physician,” Philipps responded, jokingly.
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Gohmert pressed, “No, but you’ve given very compelling testimony and I appreciate that you’ve obviously given these issues a lot of thought, that’s why I’m asking you.”
Philipps again replied with a non-answer, saying: “I think that it’s something that is very important. I don’t believe that a politician’s place is to decide what’s best for a woman—it’s a choice between a woman and her doctor.”
“What about a baby and the doctor?” Gohmert asked. “That’s my question.”
Philipps said she could not comment because she does not know the details of Ohden’s story.
It is an important question, though, as Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate block legislation to protect newborns like Ohden from being denied medical care. The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act simply would require that the same level of medical care be provided to an infant who survives an abortion as would be provided to any other baby at that stage of development.
The bill protects infants from infanticide. It does not restrict abortions in any way, but Democratic governors and national lawmakers continue to block it.