Tallahassee, Florida — Representatives for a Florida chapter of the abortion provider Planned Parenthood expressed their opposition this week to a bill that would require that babies that are born alive after failed abortion attempts receive life-saving medical care.
HB1129, the Infants Born Alive Act, was approved by the Civil Justice Subcommittee and Health Quality Subcommittee earlier this month.
“[This measure] provides that infant born alive during or immediately after attempted abortion is entitled to same rights, powers, & privileges as any other child born alive in course of natural birth; requires health care practitioners to preserve life & health of such infant born alive, if possible; provides for transport & admittance of infant to hospital; provides certain services for infant; requires health care practitioner or employees who have knowledge of any violations with respect to infants born alive after attempted abortion to report those violations to DOH; provides penalty; provides for construction; revises reporting requirements,” it outlines.
Nine legislators have co-sponsored the bill, which went through its first reading in the legislature on Thursday.
“The state has an interest in people who are incapacitated,” explained Representative Cary Pigman, one of the sponsors of the measure. “This bill is intended to guarantee all respect and humanity to an infant that’s born alive, regardless of how it entered this world.”
However, during a hearing this week, a representative of Planned Parenthood was present to express opposition.
“We do not believe that legislation should be created with the intent of coercing, shaming or judging a woman or her physician,” Alisa Snow of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates told the legislative panel. “As this legislation is currently written, we believe that it attempts to interfere with a woman’s ability to make her own personal medical decisions with her physician, her family and her faith.”
“[I]t is just really hard for me to even ask you this question because I’m almost in disbelief,” Chairman Jim Boyd remarked to Snow. “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?”
“Um, well, we believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician,” Snow replied.
“Can you tell me what [currently] happens when a baby is alive on the table?” asked Representative Daniel Davis. “At that point, what do they do with a baby that is struggling to live?”
“I don’t know,” Snow answered. “And as it’s been referenced earlier, we don’t know how prevalent this situation is.”
“[Y]ou 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,” Representative Jose Oliva chimed in minutes later. “Is that what you’re saying?”
“That decision should be between the patient and the health care provider,” Snow repeated.
“I think that at that point the patient would be the child struggling on the table, wouldn’t you agree?” Oliva contended.
“Uh, that’s a very good question. I really don’t know how to answer that,” Snow answered. “I would be glad to have some more conversations with you about this.”
The hearing may be viewed in full at the Civil Justice Committee website by clicking here. Snow’s comments begin approximately 37 minutes into the video footage.
Planned Parenthood is significantly active in its various sexual-oriented efforts in the state of Florida. According to the Planned Parenthood of Orlando Facebook page, the abortion provider recently participated in a local “slut walk,” an event that is becoming more prevalent across the nation.
“We’re so excited to be tabling at SlutWalkUCF and to be advocating against victim-blaming!” the organization wrote adjacent to a photograph of a Planned Parenthood staffer giving the peace sign and holding a sign with the word “slut” written across the paper three times.