(CNSNews.com) – When does Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, believe a child’s constitutional rights begin?
That’s what Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R- Tenn.), vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, wants to know after a Planned Parenthood representative told Florida lawmakers that it would be up to the mother and doctor whether to kill a baby born alive after a botched abortion.
“I write to express my shock and concern regarding a Planned Parenthood lobbyist who recently advocated in support of post-birth abortion before a state legislature,” Blackburn said in an April 3 letter to Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. “It is my sincere hope that your national organization will fully repudiate the radical position and hold your lobbyist fully accountable.”
Blackburn’s committee oversees health care funding.
Last week Planned Parenthood lobbyist Alisa LaPolt Snow testified before a Florida House of Representative committee and was asked, “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?”
Snow responded, “Well, we believe that any decision that is made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician.”
Incredulous lawmakers continued pressing Snow for an answer, and she stuck to her position. A video of the exchange went viral, producing outrage among pro-life groups.
The controversy over Snow’s statement to Florida lawmakers, incidentally, comes during the third week of the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortionist charged with murdering one woman and killing seven babies after they were born.
“It is beyond question that babies born alive, despite being targeted for abortion, are entitled to full legal protection,” Blackburn wrote. “However, your organization publicly argued that the rights of American citizens are not even bestowed upon birth, but rather at an arbitrary time that benefits your abortion agenda.”
Blackburn has introduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act to prevent tax dollars from going to large abortion providers.
According to Planned Parenthood’s annual report, the organization received $542 million in federal and state taxpayer funds for the year ended June 30, 2012.
“Any organization receiving taxpayer funding should not lobby in support of expanding abortions, especially controversial propositions like infanticide which dramatically calls into question the way constitutional rights are bestowed upon every person born in this country,” Blackburn said in her letter.
The national Planned Parenthood organization on Thursday issued a statement saying any baby that survived abortion would get “appropriate care.”
“Last week, a panel of Florida state legislators demanded speculation about a vague set of extremely unlikely and highly unusual medical circumstances,” the Planned Parenthood statement said. “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.”
Still unanswered are the following specific questions Blackburn posed in her letter, as follows:
1. At what point do you believe Constitutional rights extend to American citizens if not at birth? If your organization does not believe birth is the deadline for protection against abortion, at what point, in your opinion, is a child’s life deserving of legal protection?
2. Will Planned Parenthood repudiate its lobbyist and any other employee who advocates for post-birth abortion? If not, please explain why.
3. Was your lobbyist trained and/or ordered to advocate for or against late-term abortions and post-birth abortions? If so, please detail how and by whom. If not, please explain why.
4. How will Planned Parenthood ensure that babies that survive abortion and are born alive will be transferred to a health care facility to receive the proper medical treatment they deserve?