A Fox News host just pressured Planned Parenthood to answer something the liberal media never ask: What does abortion end? Is it a life – a human being?
On Monday, Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight to discuss the new GOP health-care plan that promises to defund her organization, which is America’s largest abortion provider. Laguens argued that the definitions of abortion and human life depend on each individual’s position. At the same time, she refused to answer, as an individual, the question “what is being aborted?”
Fox News host Tucker Carlson first asked Laguens about Planned Parenthood’s refusal to halt abortion. While TheNew York Times reported that the White House “proposed preserving federal payments” to Planned Parenthood if it cut abortion from its “services,” Planned Parenthood representatives rejected the offer.
“Why is abortion so important to Planned Parenthood that you’re willing to forgo a half-a-billion dollars in federal subsidies?” Carlson asked.
According to its latest annual report, Planned Parenthood performed 323,999 abortions and received $553.7 million in “government health services grants and reimbursements” for the year 2014 – 2015.
Laguens responded that Planned Parenthood supported the “wisdom and power of the individual to decide” on “care,” or, in other words, abortion.
Carlson challenged Laguens in a follow-up question.
“Why include abortion if the [other] services provided are necessary?” he continued. “A lot of people think it’s murder. Why don’t you just take that out and then taxpayers can feel good about subsidizing the rest of your services?”
“Taxpayers don’t pay for abortion services,” she responded. “Women deserve access to the full range of reproductive health care and that includes safe, legal abortion.“
While the Hyde Amendment generally bars federal funding (from taxpayers) from abortion, pro-life leaders argue money is fungible – or that Planned Parenthood could offset costs with public funds to free up other resources for abortion.
Later on, Carlson asked Laguens a series of questions on something that she couldn’t – or wouldn’t – answer: does abortion end a life? Video below.
“The majority of [Planned Parenthood’s abortions] are after five-and-a-half weeks, that’s the point at which the fetal heartbeat can be detected,” he said. “I’m just wondering, as someone who works there, what do you think of that? What is being aborted? If you can hear the heartbeat, what is that thing that’s being aborted?”
Laguens waited for a moment before giving a non-answer.
“Well, abortion is a right in this country. Women have their own views on whether or not they want to be pregnant,” she said. “That is not a viable fetus at five-and-a-half weeks, anyone knows that. And what you would do is make your own choice.”
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