Appropriate Care: What’s In A Word?

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I always tell my children that it’s very important to choose your words wisely because language is very important. The use of a certain word instead of a different word can send someone a very different message or leave some message open for interpretation.

A recent video that went viral this past week has a Planned Parenthood lobbyist, Alisa LaPolt Snow, advocating for post-birth abortion. When asked by Chairman Boyd: “So, um, it is just really hard for me to even ask you this question 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?”

Miss Snow [answered] (PP): “Um, well, we believe that any decision is made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician.”

She did not choose her words wisely because it sent the Florida lawmakers into disbelief at Planned Parenthood’s stance of the care that should be given to a child that is born alive after a botched abortion; or did she, which would make the Florida lawmaker’s shock and disbelief an appropriate response.

After this video went viral, outraged pro-lifers called for Planned Parenthood to condemn Miss Snow’s comments. Planned Parenthood’s response? “. . . of course Planned Parenthood would provide appropriate care to both the woman and the infant.”

“Appropriate care?” Again, words chosen very carefully I’m sure. A few seconds earlier, “appropriate care” was trying to kill the infant. And now, seconds later, with a live baby on the table, with both the doctor and the mother wanting (and wishing) that that baby was dead, we’re supposed to want the baby to receive “appropriate care” from this doctor? The mother, for whatever reasons she sought out the abortion in the first place, and the doctor, because he botched the abortion and didn’t do his ‘job’ right, should not be trusted with this baby’s life.

Why didn’t Planned Parenthood’s statement say “. . . of course Planned Parenthood would do everything to ensure the survival of the baby.”

Words – they are very important and telling.

View the testimony of Alisa LaPolt Snow HERE.

View Planned Parenthood’s statement HERE.

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