Post-birth abortions debated


Religion editor 


An expectant mother arrives at an abortion clinic to terminate her pregnancy. She follows the necessary procedures, but the abortion is deemed unsuccessful because the baby lives. The doctor’s obligation is to provide life-saving measures to ensure the protection of the child. However, Planned Parenthood lobbyists in Florida state that the fate of these babies should be left to the doctors and family.

On the surface, this sounds as if the doctors and family are obligated to protect the baby. But in fact, Planned Parenthood is arguing the opposite – the right to kill abortion survivors. As I read the April 1 The Christian Post article and watched the YouTube video on the March 29 hearing about a bill to protect  infants from medical neglect, I felt horrified and infuriated as a spokeswoman argued against the bill.

Alisa LaPolt Snow of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates defended her organization’s belief that the mother and doctor should determine the newborn’s future. Even as legislators questioned Snow on case scenarios in which a baby lives through a botched abortion and what role physicians play during that time, Snow evaded answering either by stating the decision was up to the family or that she did not have the information.

“I do not have that information,” Snow said. “I am not a physician. I am not an abortion provider. So I do not have that information.”

Abortion is murder, plain and simple. There are many verses in Scripture that describe life and how God created us. Jeremiah 1:5 states, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Pro-choice supporters claim that life does not begin until the child takes its first breath; however, God tells us that we are alive the moment He thinks us into creation.

Snow and Planned Parenthood have no foundation to support their argument. She could not give a strong answer other than her belief that children who survive abortions do not have the right to live. Whether the child has a deformity, congenital defects, is an unexpected surprise or survives an abortion, neither the mother nor the doctor should be the ones to determine the fate of the child. Our lives and fates are in the hands of God and He solely determines how long we live.