Leah Barkoukis

In 1981, world-renowned scientists and physicians testified before a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee that life begins at conception. Although some still debate what science has already settled, to Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, it doesn’t really matter because the question of when life begins is irrelevant.

The abortion industry leader appeared on Fusion TV's America with Jorge Ramos before a backdrop featuring pictures of herself and Wendy Davis.

“For you, when does life start? When does a human being become a human being?” Ramos asked.

“This is a question that I think will be debated through the centuries,” she said.

“But for you, what's that point?” Ramos followed up.

"It is not something that I feel like is really part of this conversation,” she said, stuttering and clearly shaken. “I think every woman needs to make her own decision,” she finally said.

"But why would it be so controversial for you to say when do you think life starts?" Ramos pressed.

"I don't know that it's controversial. I don't know that it's really relevant to the conversation," Richards replied.

“I'm the mother of three children,” she finally said. “For me, life began when I delivered them,” adding that her children have “probably” been “the most important thing in my life ever since.”

“But that was my own personal, that's my own personal decision,” she said.

For Richards to suggest otherwise would be to admit that abortion does in fact kill a child. Then again, some Planned Parenthood officials have endorsed the right to infanticide and many abortion advocates know it’s a child and simply don’t care. So perhaps we shouldn't be all that surprised to hear Richards say that the question of when life begins isn't really relevant.


Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the Managing Editor at Townhall Magazine.

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