Cecile Richards: ‘I’ve never heard’ of a baby being born alive after abortion at Planned Parenthood
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards says she's "never heard of" a baby surviving an abortion at a Planned Parenthood facility.
"Ms. Richards, if a child survives an abortion attempt, should it be given nourishment and medical care?" Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-FL, asked Richards during today’s hearing into Planned Parenthood’s alleged trafficking of aborted baby body parts.
"I’ve never heard of such a circumstance happening," said Richards, leaving a silence broken several seconds later by DeSantis’ stunned "Really?"
"Yes. I mean, I certainly… I can say that at Planned Parenthood, I am not aware of a circumstance -- we don’t provide abortions after viability. So… but it certainly, in my experience at Planned Parenthood, we haven’t ever had that kind of circumstance."
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"But you would say that medical care would be in order at that point?" asked the congressman. "Forget Planned Parenthood, just generally?”
Richards answered in the affirmative. "Well, again, I want to be responsible for Planned Parenthood and what we do there, and certainly in that situation in, which again has never occurred that I know of...that baby should as the mother should, get appropriate medical care from the physician. And would."
Richards' answer is a stark departure from what a Planned Parenthood lobbyist described in Florida. in 2013, lobbyist Alisa Laport Snow -- representing the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates -- told state legislators that in the case of a baby born alive after a failed abortion, "we believe that any decision that's made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician."