Smith Comments on Controversial Planned Parenthood Testimony on "After-Birth' Abortions

Press Release

By:  Chris Smith
Date: April 4, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

The eye-opening testimony of a Planned Parenthood lobbyist in Florida before Florida state legislators asserting that abortionists should be allowed to let a baby born alive after a botched abortion die are alarming, said Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), Co-Chairman of the House Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, and a sign of Planned Parenthood's extreme and evolving positions on abortion.

In an interview to air Friday with Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and radio show host of Jay Sekulow Live, Smith said what Planned Parenthood is promoting is a severe form of child abuse.

"There is a reckless disregard for the unborn child," Smith told Sekulow. "There is a reckless disregard for the newborn child. We've seen that. They were against legislation on partial birth abortion."

Smith referenced his 2012 floor speech decrying the notion of killing babies even after birth, a proposition offered within some European pro-abortion circles. European bioethicists argued that the killing of children immediately after their births and up to weeks later could be justified if a newly born child poses an economic burden, is disabled or unwanted.

"Madam Speaker, they've just coined a brand-new phrase, `after-birth abortion,'' which is the killing of newborns, the killing of little children--boys and girls--immediately after their births and up to weeks later," Smith said in his March 2012 floor speech.

"These bioethicists argue that if a newly born child poses an economic burden on a family or is disabled or is unwanted that that child can be murdered in cold blood because the baby lacks intrinsic value."

Planned Parenthood lobbyist Alisa LaPolt Snow said in testimony before Florida state legislators that abortionists should be allowed to let a baby born-alive after a botched abortion die. The comments were made during a committee hearing on a Born-Alive Infant Protection Act. The bill, HB 1129, ultimately cleared the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, and would require that medical care be given to newborns, likely to be premature, who survive botched abortions. The care would be given at a hospital and not at the abortion clinic.