December 27, 2019

Chief Medical Officer of Unlicensed St. Louis Abortion Clinic Lies During House Committee Hearing

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Dr. Colleen McNicholas, the chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood of St. Louis, testified in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform during a hearing on "women's reproductive health." At several points, McNicholas made statements that simply untrue and were purely designed to deceive legislators.

McNicholas responded to questions about the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act by claiming that abortion survivors don't exist. She claims that abortion works with 100% success and children are never born once abortion is attempted. This is easily demonstrated to be false since the CDC reports abortion survivors from states which collect that information. She further argued that the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act was harmful.

“There are several harms. The first is which using that language and perpetuating the notion that that is actually a real thing is harmful in and of itself. And it only serves two purposes. The first is to shame people […] who need life-saving care in the second and third trimester of pregnancy. It also creates an environment in which abortion providers like myself and my colleagues are targeted and harassed.”

McNicholas also claimed during the hearing that, “Planned Parenthood has never sold fetal tissue and currently doesn’t and never has.” This comes just after David Dalieden was sued by Planned Parenthood for having exposed them of selling human body parts so medical institutions could use them to perform research.

This radical abortion advocate was even bold enough to refuse to say whether she would abort a baby who was considered viable under the law, saying that every reason a mother might have to abort their child is a valid one.

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