Planned Parenthood Endorses California Bill That Would Legalize Infanticide, Let Babies Die 6 Weeks After Birth

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Apr 5, 2022   |   10:56AM   |   Sacramento, California

The Planned Parenthood abortion chain endorsed a radical California bill Monday that would stop authorities from prosecuting parents who kill their newborn babies in infanticide.

The Sacramento Bee reports state Assembly Bill 2223, sponsored by Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, is one of eight bills that the Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California identified as a legislative priority this year.

Jodi Hicks, CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, urged state lawmakers to take “swift” action to expand abortions through the bills.

“California must continue to take bold action to increase protections and preserve timely access to abortion services for Californians, and for those who will seek care here from out-of-state because it’s the right thing to do,” Hicks said in a statement.

However, pro-life advocates and a legislative analysis warned that Wicks’ bill would legalize infanticide as well as expand abortions.

The bill would prohibit authorities from charging a mother for “actions or omissions” related to her pregnancy, “including miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion, or perinatal death.” Anyone who “aids or assists a pregnant person” also would be exempt from prosecution. Additionally, the bill would allow the woman to sue police and other authorities who arrest or charge her in such cases.

According to the California Family Council, the “perinatal death” language in the bill would exempt mothers who kill their newborn babies from prosecution.

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“Although definitions of ‘perinatal death’ vary, all of them include the demise of newborns seven days or more after birth. Some definitions extend from weeks after birth up to a year,” the pro-life organization said.

A legislative analysis of the bill also confirmed that the “perinatal death” language could be interpreted to allow infanticide, according to the Bee.

“As currently in print, it may not be sufficiently clear that ‘perinatal death’ is intended to be the consequence of a pregnancy complication,” the Assembly Judiciary Committee bill analysis states. “Thus, the bill could be interpreted to immunize a pregnant person from all criminal penalties for all pregnancy outcomes, including the death of a newborn for any reason during the ‘perinatal’ period after birth, including a cause of death which is not attributable to pregnancy complications, which clearly is not the author’s intent.”

Wicks lashed out pro-life advocates for exposing the problems in her bill, calling their alarm “absurd and disingenuous.”

“Anti-abortion activists are peddling an absurd and disingenuous argument that this bill is about killing newborns, when ironically, the part of the bill they’re pointing to is about protecting and supporting parents experiencing the grief of pregnancy loss,” she said in a statement.

However, Capitol Alert reports Wicks also filed an amendment to her bill Monday that changed the language to “perinatal death due to a pregnancy-related cause.”

The state Assembly Judiciary Committee plans to hold a hearing on the legislation Tuesday.

Whether the amended language will be enough to clarify that killing babies after birth is still illegal is not yet certain.

As it currently is written, attorney Susan Arnall, of the California-based Right to Life League, said the bill would allow abortionists like the infamous Kermit Gosnell to murder newborns without consequences.

“In California under AB 2223, former Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who murdered three infants born alive after botched abortions, could not be prosecuted,” Arnall said. “And incredibly, someone like Gosnell who helped a California mother kill her newborn after birth will actually have a cause of action to sue police for investigating the matter if AB 2223 becomes law.”

The California Future of Abortion Council, a coalition that Gov. Gavin Newsom established last year, also supports the bill.

ACTION ALERT: Contact California Assembly members to oppose this radical legislation.