Planned Parenthood Responds To ‘Infanticide’ Charge From Priebus

After Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus penned a scathing op-ed piece Wednesday suggesting that Planned Parenthood — and Democrats — support infanticide, the reproductive health organization issued a clarifying response.

In the piece, published by the conservative website RedState, Priebus highlighted recent testimony from Alisa LaPolt Snow, a Planned Parenthood lobbyist, before the Florida legislature. During the testimony, Republican legislators posed a number of hypotheticals to Snow on how Planned Parenthood would handle a botched abortion. 

“What happens in a situation where a baby is alive, breathing on a table, moving? What do your physicians do at that point?” asked one GOP lawmaker.

Snow’s answers left a number of Republicans, including Priebus, up in arms. The chairman pointed to her testimony as evidence that Planned Parenthood and pro-choice Democrats must endorse infanticide. But in a statement provided to TPM on Wednesday, Planned Parenthood said that those Republican legislators “demanded speculation about a vague set of extremely unlikely and highly unusual medical circumstances.”

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.

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