Priebus: Media is covering up Planned Parenthood’s support for infanticide

Note: Planned Parenthood has clarified its stance on this issue. Its comment is at the bottom of this post.

Writing on RedState.com, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus attacks the media for ignoring a Planned Parenthood representative who in recent testimony offered vague answers about what should be done with babies born after botched abortions.

The conservative Weekly Standard recaps the testimony of the representative, Alisa LaPolt Snow, who says that the decision should be left up to the patient and their doctor.

Here's a sample:

Snow: “That decision should be between the patient and the health care provider.”

Rep. Jose Oliva (R): “I think that at that point the patient would be the child struggling on a table. Wouldn’t you agree?”

Snow: “That’s a very good question. I really don’t know how to answer that. An I think -- I would be glad to have some more conversations with you about -- about this.”

Priebus writes at Red State that the media has shown its liberal bias by ignoring the story and suggests that Planned Parenthood is implicitly condoning the killing of live babies:

Planned Parenthood is an organization that receives taxpayer funding, including millions from the federal government. They also enjoy the unwavering support of almost all elected Democrats.

The President, the Senate Majority Leader, the House Democratic Leader, and the Chair of the Democratic National Committee (in whose home state this hearing occurred) made funding Planned Parenthood an issue in the 2012 campaign. They should now all be held to account for that outspoken support. If the media won’t, then voters must ask the pressing questions: Do these Democrats also believe a newborn has no rights? Do they also endorse infanticide?

I certainly hope not. I hope this is a place where we can all find common ground. Surely, all Americans can agree that a newborn deserves immediate medical care—and, if necessary, emergency care—regardless of the circumstances of birth.

As a proud pro-life Republican, I firmly believe that an unborn child has a right to life. I realize there are those who disagree, but I never thought there was a debate over whether a newborn child had a right to life. Some may not believe life begins at conception, but don’t we all agree life begins at birth?

Apparently not.

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And this case of blatant media bias—cover-up really—should also be cause for some thoughtful self-examination among journalists.

Update 5:10 p.m.: Planned Parenthood has issued a statement clarifying that it would "provide appropriate care to both the woman and the infant" in such a scenario. Here is its full statement:

“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.”

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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