Bill requires care for infants surviving abortions
Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida lawmakers have sent to Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would require medical care for newborns who survive botched abortions.
The measure (HB 1129) won final passage on a 38-0 Senate vote Tuesday.
It would penalize 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.