Holder Doesn’t Know If Anyone Ever Prosecuted Under Born Alive Infant Protection Act

Melanie Arter | May 15, 2013 | 4:05pm EDT
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Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday he did not know whether there has been even one prosecution under the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.

“Have you ever enforced this law even one time?” Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) asked Holder during a House Judiciary Committee hearing after referencing abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted of three counts of first degree counts murder in the deaths of three babies whose spinal cords were severed after they were born alive.

“I don’t know,” Holder replied.

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Franks described how the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, enacted in 2002, “provides that all federal protections … for persons apply to every infant born alive.”

“So will you enforce the Born Alive Infant Protection Act as attorney general, and will you consider carefully what’s happening in clinics across the country like happened in the clinic that Kermit Gosnell ran?” Franks asked.

Holder revealed that not only is he the father of three children, but his wife is an OBGYN, who is “very accomplished in her field,” so he shared “many” of the concerns that Franks had.

As attorney general, Holder said, he was responsible for enforcing all the laws that Congress has passed, and he promised to get back to the committee on whether the Born Alive Infant Protection Act had ever been enforced.

“There’s been 18,000 opportunities a year since then [enactment of the law] approximately, so I’m just wondering if you’ve even enforced it once,” Franks said.

“I don’t know whether there was enforcement during the Bush administration or Obama administration since the passage of the law in 2002. I just don’t know what the statistics are,” Holder said.

“I guess I hear the mantra so often that somehow this is choice, but to stand by in silence while the most helpless of all children are torturiously and agonizingly dismembered day after day after day, year after year, Mr. General, is quite honestly a heartless disgrace that really can’t be described by the vocabulary of man, and I hope you’ll consider that carefully sir,” Franks said.

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