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AUL Applauds Florida House that Voted Unanimously to Protect Infants Born Alive During Abortion

“The horrific stories we are hearing from Philadelphia of Dr. Gosnell’s  ‘House of Horrors’ in which living children were butchered when they survived an attempted abortion illustrate why this legislation is so crucial,” said AUL’s Dr. Yoest

WASHINGTON, D.C. (04-17-13) –Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest saluted the Florida House of Representatives as it unanimously voted to support the Infants Born Alive Protection act. This was the first of three strategic bills on deck this week, including a bill to prohibit sex-selection abortions and a bill to protect the rights of parents of unborn children killed through criminal violence. Dr. Yoest testified in favor of the Infants Born Alive Protection Act earlier this month and observed that this measure provided Floridians with “real protections for children, alive and struggling for life, who deserve a chance.”

“The horrific stories we are hearing from Philadelphia of Dr. Gosnell’s ‘House of Horrors’ in which living children were butchered when they survived an attempted abortion illustrate why this legislation is so crucial,” said Dr. Yoest. “I commend the Florida House for passing this important pro-life legislation. This common sense legislation should be common ground for all individuals whether pro-life or pro-abortion.”

The Infants Born Alive Act would require that if an infant is born alive after an abortion attempt, that child must be immediately transported to the nearest hospital and given medical treatment. Under this bill an infant born alive would be entitled to the same rights and privileges as any other infant born after a natural birth.

Planned Parenthood initially opposed this bill and notoriously endorsed the possibility of infanticide, in testifying that the fate of a born alive infant should be left up to the woman, her family and the health care provider. Since media outcry, Planned Parenthood has removed their opposition.

“The recent statements by Planned Parenthood’s Florida lobbyist illustrate just how fragile even the most humane legal protections for young children really are in America,” said Dr. Yoest. “This bill in Florida is an important part of the protections needed for infants born in abortion clinics. We challenge all Americans to join us in a national ‘Let Them Live” campaign, to find common ground in the humanity of newborn children in all 50 states.”

Dr. Yoest urged the Florida Senate to quickly take up the bill to protect vulnerable children from big abortion and send them to the Governor for his signature.

For more information on AUL’s “Let Them Live” campaign, click here.