Last week during a committee hearing in the Florida House of Representatives regarding its “Infants Born Alive” bill, a lobbyist representing the state's Planned Parenthood association was questioned about the organization's position regarding the issue. The lobbyist's response was considered a defense of "infanticide" by some.
Now, the Florida Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates has released a statement regarding its testimony given for HB1129:
Last week, a panel of Florida state legislators demanded speculation about a vague set of extremely unlikely and highly unusual medical circumstances. Medical guidelines and ethics already compel physicians facing life-threatening circumstances to respond, and Planned Parenthood physicians provide high-quality medical care and adhere to the most rigorous professional standards, including providing emergency care. In the extremely unlikely event that the scenario presented by the panel of legislators should happen, of course Planned Parenthood would provide appropriate care to both the woman and the infant.
The lobbyist for the Planned Parenthood association, Alisa LaPolt Snow, was asked last week by Rep. Jim Boyd what Planned Parenthood would "want to have happen to [a] child that is struggling for life" after being born alive in a "botched abortion" situation.
Alisa LaPolt Snow testified at the hearing last week. (Image: YouTube screenshot)
Snow responded, saying “we believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician."
The questioning continued with other representatives taking it a step further, painting a scenario where the baby was "breathing, moving" and asking then what Planned Parenthood physicians would do. Snow said because she is not a physician she did not have that information.
If you missed it, here's a clip from the hearing:
PPA's position as stated on its website regarding the bill is that it "inserts politics where it doesn’t belong by implying doctors and women who end a pregnancy can’t be trusted."
“Legislation should not be created with the intent of coercing, shaming, or judging a woman or doctor. It is important that abortion remain a safe and legal medical procedure for a woman to consider with her doctor, if and when she needs it," PPA stated.
In addition to its latest position statement regarding the hearing testimonies, PPA included its March 2013 report titled Florida Women's Health at Risk, which include county data regarding insurance, health coverage, and rates of teen births, STDs, cancer and HIV/AIDS.
The pro-life website Life News wrote in response to the organization's latest statement that it "fails to condemn the remarks or revise its position against the legislation."