‘In reality, the abortion industry is playing offense, not defense…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen denied that late-term abortions are infanticide, claiming the abortion centers would never support or administer abortions to babies safely born.
The statements directly contradicted widely criticized remarks by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who said in January—after state Democrats attempted to pass a law supporting third-trimester, partial-birth abortions—that already-born babies may, in some cases, be terminated.
Northam’s comments, and the New York legislature’s successful passage of such a bill, prompted Congressional Republicans led by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., to push for new infant protections with the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
However, the measure, which needed to be passed unanimously, was defeated by Democrats on the Senate floor.
Wen responded on Monday to a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed penned by Sasse and “View” co-host Meghan McCain, which took Democrats and Planned Parenthood to task for refusing to renounce late-term abortion laws that promoted infanticide.
Sasse and McCain wrote that there has been a shift in the pro-abortion movement away from “safe, legal, and rare” to on-demand abortions that reach later and later into a woman’s pregnancy.
In her response letter, Wen echoed Congressional Democrats’ arguments that the Born-Alive bill was redundant since infanticide is already against the law.
“There is no such thing as infanticide in medical care,” Wen said. “I can tell you, as a doctor, that it doesn’t happen and it is already illegal.”
She added that late-term abortions are infrequent and only occur when medically necessary.
“The truth is that abortions that occur after 24 weeks—which is approximately when viability occurs in a normal pregnancy—are exceedingly rare,” Wen wrote. “Well under 1 percent occur after that point, and when it does happen, it’s because a woman’s health is in danger, or there is a severe fetal diagnosis.”
But Sasse and McCain said that as abortion becomes more normalized and Democrats continue to push the pro-choice agenda farther left, infanticide could become a very real threat.
“In reality, the abortion industry is playing offense, not defense,” Sasse and McCain wrote.
The Born-Alive bill wasn’t redundant, they said, because current federal law does not affirmatively require that newborns receive care from their would-be aborters, nor does it criminalize decisions to withhold care.
The conservatives said the “cruel mistreatment” of the babies was a violation of fundamental American principles.
“For more than 200 years, each generation of Americans has committed to protecting the dignity of more and more human beings,” they wrote. “Following this tradition, our country now must condemn the lie that some newborn lives are worth less than others.”
Wen countered that pro-lifers like Sasse were disguising their true intentions behind an argument against infanticide.
“We must call out the Sasse—McCain article for what it is: an attempt to take away the right to safe, legal abortion,” she wrote. “The consequence of their false claims is grave harm to women’s health and permanent erosion of patient rights.”
But by changing the subject back to women’s rights, Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice groups are not just avoiding infanticide—they’re promoting it, wrote Sasse and McCain.
“This debate is about infanticide,” they wrote. “Planned Parenthood is defending that crime.”
The conservatives said that a majority of Americans disapproved of late-term abortions. As abortion advocates veered farther toward extremism, they said, moderates would find more common ground with those who oppose it.
“Many in the national media are overlooking it. Democratic politicians are hiding from it. But the American people are repulsed by it,” they said. “The recent vote was a missed opportunity to protect the most vulnerable among us. But it will not be the last.”