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Planned Parenthood Spokesman Sides with Gosnell on Post-Birth Abortion

Even after he was arrested, Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell maintained he had done nothing wrong. Perhaps the people in his industry agree. That's a reasonable conclusion based on a new video clip which was published by John McCormack at the Weekly Standard.

"If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?" Rep. Jim Boyd of Florida asked the spokesperson for Planned Parenthood who came to a hearing on a proposed law. The law in question would require doctors to provide medical care to infants born alive in abortion clinics. Alisa Snow, the Planned Parenthood representative, replied "We believe that any decision that's made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician."

The members of the Florida legislature were astounded by Snow's response. It's the kind of boilerplate language we've all become used to hearing from the abortion industry with regard to unborn children, but Snow seemed to be applying the same rhetoric to a fully born baby.

When pressed by another Representative to clarify she was talking about a live infant who had been fully born, Snow became evasive "I do not have that information. I am not a physician, I am not an abortion provider. So I do not have that information."

Asked a third time Snow tried a different tack "I don't know and as was referenced earlier, we don't know how prevalent this situation is." Why does the prevalence matter in this case? Isn't one infanticide enough to warrant legal protection? In any case, we know that killing live infants was very prevalent in Kermit Gosnell's clinic. How many more Gosnell's do we need to discover before legislation is appropriate? It seems Planned Parenthood of Florida is either willing to countenance what Gosnell did or, in lieu of that, pretend it never happened.

Snow is a paid lobbyist for the nation's leading abortion provider. It is her job to understand what is going on in her industry. And yet she seems only vaguely uncomfortable with the idea of leaving the door open to the kind of serial infanticide which may earn Kermit Gosnell the death penalty in Pennsylvania. Just how mainstream are Gosnell's views within the industry in which he operated? This exchange suggests the answer is less clear than some might think:


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