By now, you've likely seen the video. No, it's not a snuff film. It's not radical Muslims stoning a woman to death or beheading an infidel. It's not a gang of bullies beating a victim senseless. It's none of those things.
It's worse. It's worse because the evil in those videos are obvious.
The video of Alisa LaPolt Snow, a spokesperson and lobbyist for the Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates in Florida, calmly and confidently suggesting that a baby born alive in a botched abortion could be killed if the mother, her family and the doctor involved decide to do so, is insidiously treacherous. You see, Ms. Snow considers herself a child and family advocate. And there are many out there who would agree with her.
On the clip, Florida State Senator Jim Boyd queries Snow about Planned Parenthood’s objection to the bill. “So, um, it is just really hard for me to even ask you this question,” said Rep. Boyd, “because I’m almost in disbelief. If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?”
Snow answers unequivocally: “We believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician.”
Wait, wait—What about current laws which outlaw infanticide?
State Representative Daniel Davis seemed to be thinking about that, as he asked Snow: “What happens in a situation where a baby is alive, breathing on a table, moving? What do your physicians do at that point for that child that’s struggling for life?”
Lobbyist Snow, seeming a little less confident than she had at first, responded, “I do not have that information. I am not a physician, I am not an abortion provider. So I do not have that information.”
Representative Jose Oliva needed clarification. “You stated,” he began, “that a baby born alive on a table as a result of a botched abortion—that that decision should be left to the doctor and the family. Is that what you’re saying?”
“That decision,” Snow repeated, “should be between the patient and the health care provider.”
And here, Representative Oliva delivers what I think is the best line in the hearing. He says, “I think at that point, the ‘patient’ would be the child struggling on the table. Wouldn’t you agree?”
The video follows. Watch it. Watch her demeanor. Then understand what it is you just witnessed.