In a video posted to YouTube on Friday, an abortion supporter is seen advocating for “post-natal abortion” while participating in a protest of a “March for Life” rally held in Ottawa. The man, identified only as Alex, repeatedly tells interviewer Marissa Semkiw that abortion is always the “woman’s choice,” even after birth.
Semkiw, The Blaze said, explained to the man that some pro-life advocates want abortion criminalized “up to a certain point,” not banned entirely. She then asked the protester if it would be OK to abort a baby one month before he or she was born.
At first, Alex said it would be “understandable” to ban late-term abortions, but that ultimately it was the woman’s choice. Semkiw followed up with a series of questions, ultimately leading up to “post-natal” abortions.
“How about a week?” she asked. Alex said it was still the woman’s choice. “How about a day?” she asked in a followup. Again, Alex said it was the woman’s decision. “It’s not for me or any member of Parliament or religious organization to tell her otherwise,” he added. That’s when Semkiw dropped the bombshell.
“How about post-natal abortion?” she asked. “If that’s the option then that’s the option,” Alex said in response. “I’m not advocating for murder of any kind — again, it’s not my choice.”
The video of Alex’s responses was posted to YouTube, where it has been seen over 41,000 times. Alex, The Blaze said, later asked Semkiw to withhold the portion of the video with his interview.
“After consideration, I request that you DO NOT use my likeness/image on your website or any other media platform,” he reportedly said in an email. “If any footage or photos come your way with a man holding a sign that says, ‘Guess What, A Woman’s Body Is Her Own F***ing Business,’ This is me.” But Semkiw decined his request.
“Unfortunately, Alex, you chose to be a self-appointed representative of the pro-choice movement on Parliament Hill during the national March for Life,” she said. She also explained in her report that Alex consented to be recorded airing his viewpoint. She closed out the report saying it stands as a reminder that abortion “is pretty much always connected to regret.”
Alex is not the first to advocate for post-birth abortion. As we reported in 2013, Alisa LaPolt Snow, a lobbyist representing the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, actually lobbied for the right to post-birth abortion in Florida, shocking a number of lawmakers. During a hearing on an “Infants born alive” bill introduced in the Florida legislature, Snow said that Planned Parenthood believes the decision to kill a child who survives a failed abortion should be left up to the woman and her abortion provider.
“If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?” asked State Rep. Jim Boyd. “We believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician,” Snow said.