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AG Holder Not Familiar With Born Alive Infant Protection Act Enforcement
Now that abortionist Kermit Gosnell has been convicted of murdering three infants born alive in his Philadelphia house of horrors, a new case has come to light in Houston, TX. Abortionist Douglas Karpen is accused of, among other heinous acts, twisting the heads off living babies. Unfortunately, infants being born alive and subsequently murdered during botched abortions has been happening in the United States for a long time. In fact President Obama was first publicly made aware of the crime in 2001, when he refused to pass an act banning it as a state Senator in Illinois. The law passed once Obama left the state Senate.
The federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which was passed in 2002, should have been protecting against atrocities such as the Gosnell and pending Karpen cases. So when Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to provide answers on the various scandals surrounding the White House, his knowledge of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act was also questioned. As he did reportedly 56 other times during the hearing, Holder answered, “I don’t know,” when asked if the act had been enforced even one time. One would think that, as Holder noted being married to an obstetrician and gynecologist, he would have heard some news on the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. However, the only answer that resoundingly resulted from Holder’s hearing was that the Attorney General hasn’t been protecting anyone, let alone infants.
Here is the exchange:
FRANKS: so in, 2002, congress enacted the born alive infant protection act that provides that all federal protections including from your office, sir, for persons apply to every infant born alive. so will you enforce the infant — the born alive infant protection act as attorney general and will you consider carefully what’s happening in clinics across the country like happened at the clinic that kermit gosnell ran?
AG HOLDER: Well, like you, I share the many of the concerns that you talked about. I’m a father. I have three kids and I am, interestingly, married to a woman who is an obstetrician, a gynecologist, very accomplished in her field. I have responsibilities as Attorney General to enforce all the laws that Congress passes.
REP FRANKS: Have you ever enforced this law even one time?
AG HOLDER: I don’t know…
REP FRANKS: Will you get back to us on that? Have you ever enforced the Born Alive Infant Protection act even one time?
AG HOLDER: We can examine that and see whether the U.S. attorney’s, um, well, since the law was passed you said in 2002, how many prosecutions there have been under that law.
REP FRANKS: There’s been 18,000 opportunities a year since then approximately. So I’m just wondering if you’ve even enforced it once?
AG HOLDER: I don’t know whether there was enforcement during the Bush administration or the Obama administration since the passage of the law in 2002. I just don’t know what the statistics are.