September 19, 2019

Abortionist Takes Stand in Defense of Undercover Journalists

Dr. Forrest Smith, one of the longest-practicing abortionists in the United States, testified Wednesday on behalf of David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt. He testified that the Center for Medical Progress videos recorded by the undercover journalists indicate that abortion providers were purposefully altering abortion procedures to collect intact fetal organs in ways that were harmful to women, and likely resulted in babies being killed after they were removed from the womb.

“There’s no question in my mind that at least some of these fetuses were live births,” Smith said. He testified that Planned Parenthood's definition of "fetal demise" was very loose and did not correctly identify when a child was actually dead. He commented that the removed limbs, a removed umbilical cord, a clamped cord, lack of pulsation in the umbilical cord, no breathing, and no movement were all definitions he had seen used by Planned Parenthood, but none of them completely ruled out a living fetus because they didn't include a heartbeat. He went as far as to say that some Planned Parenthood from the prosecution likely didn't know they were delivering live fetuses because of their definitions, and they were guilty of killing fetuses "by neglect." Click here to read more about Dr. Smith's testimony.