In a shocking statement contravening the federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002, a Planned Parenthood lobbyist told Florida legislators last week that the fate of babies who survive botched abortions should be left to doctors and family.
The Born Alive Infants Protection Act, invokes legal status on an infant living outside of a mother's womb regardless of gestational age and obliges doctors to pursue life saving measures to protect abortion survivors.
In a rather awkward exchange during a hearing about a bill in the state to protect newborn infants from medical neglect, however, Alisa LaPolt Snow of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates said her organization believes the fate of a child surviving a botched abortion should remain in the hands of a woman and her doctor.
"… Uuugh, it is just really hard for me to even ask you this question because I'm almost in disbelief," said Rep. Jim Boyd in a clip from the hearing.
"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?"
"Well, we believe that any decision that's made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician," replied Snow.
In a follow-up question, Rep. Daniel Davis repeated the concern to Snow. "What happens in a situation where a baby is alive, breathing on a table, moving? What do your physicians do at that point?" he asked.
"Umm, I do not have that information," Snow responded. "I am not a physician, I am not an abortion provider. So I do not have that information."
Even after another legislator, Rep. Jose Oliva, asked Snow again about the fate of abortion survivors, she maintained that those children shouldn't necessarily have a right to life.
"… You stated that a baby born alive on a table as a result of a botched abortion that that decision should be left to the doctor and the family. Is that what you're saying?" asked Oliva.
"That decision should be between the patient and the health care provider," said Snow.
"I think that at that point the patient would be the child struggling on the table, wouldn't you agree?" noted Oliva.
"That's a very good question. I really don't know how to answer that," said Snow. "I would be glad to have some more conversations with you about this."
A video of the exchange posted on March 29 on YouTube has already attracted more than 300,000 views and scores of comments.
"They still own their bodies ... they do not own the LIVING people inside of their bodies," noted commenter J.J. Hendrix. "That is a person inside of them. That PERSON does not deserve to die because their mother doesn't want to be inconvenienced by a baby. MURDER is MURDER. It doesn't matter if it's outside the body or inside the body."
"It makes me so sad how brainwashed people are. And females actually fight for the right to murder their babies when they willingly engaged in sex," noted another commenter, Lexi Higgins. "They knew the risk of pregnancy was there. It's awful how people try to justify murder. No hope for the scum on this planet. I'm 16. I had my baby when I was 15. I was scared as hell but I did it. And my life has never been better. No one deserves to die, let alone be murdered by someone who knowingly made them."