Florida state legislators were jolted by testimony they heard this week from a representative of Planned Parenthood, an abortion and contraception provide. Alisa LaPolt Snow, who lobbies the state legislature for the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, testified that her organization endorses a supposed right to kill babies upon birth. Snow testified that the Planned Parenthood alliance testified that her organization believes the decision to kill an infant who survives a botched abortion should be left up to the mother and the attending abortionist.
"So, um, it is just really hard for me to even ask you this question because I’m almost in disbelief," said Rep. Jim Boyd. "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?”
"We believe that any decision that's made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician," said Planned Parenthood lobbyist Snow.
Rep. Daniel Davis then asked Snow, "What happens in a situation where a baby is alive, breathing on a table, moving. What do your physicians do at that point?”
"I do not have that information," Snow replied. "I am not a physician, I am not an abortion provider. So I do not have that information.”
Rep. Jose Oliva followed up, asking Snow, "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?” Snow replied, “That decision should be between the patient and the health care provider.”
HB1129, the Infants Born Alive Act, was approved by the Civil Justice Subcommittee and Health Quality Subcommittee earlier this month. The bill would require abortion providers to give care to save babies who survive abortion. Language in the bill includes the following:
“[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 March 27. “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.”
Video of the testimony can be seen here.