Bill Requiring Care For Infants Who Survive Abortions Passes

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — A bill which requires medical care for newborns who survive botched abortions is on its way to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk for final approval.

Passed unanimously in the Senate, the House bill penalizes abortion providers who don’t provide medical care for infants born alive despite attempted abortions.

Abortion-rights supporters say such a scenario is extremely rare. But some abortion opponents have said it’s not such a rarity.

A woman who claimed she was born after her mother tried to abort her appeared before a legislative panel to support the bill.

The measure looms as the major abortion-related bill for the 60-day legislative session ending Friday. A bill that would ban abortions based solely on an unborn child’s gender or race isn’t making headway in the Senate.

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