Born-alive infant bill progresses in Senate

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SB 1636 which protects the rights of infants born alive during attempted abortions was approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, leaving one final committee stop for the measure before it heads to the Senate floor.

Sen. Anitere Flores’ bill and its House companion, HB 1129 sponsored by Rep. Cary Pigman, have triggered national dialogue, and have progressed through legislative committees simultaneously to the murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell — one of the more revolting cases imaginable . Gosnell’s trial began on March 18 and provides some antithesis to claims by Florida’s Planned Parenthood that the likelihood of an infant surviving a late-term abortion is “extremely unlikely and highly unusual.”

The Senate bill requires health professionals to treat these infants as they would any other newborn delivered via natural birth and take measures to preserve the child’s life and health.  The bill further provides a presumption that the infant has been surrendered and requires that certain medical and social services be provided. Finally, monthly reports are to be generated on the number of times, if any, that infants are born during attempted abortions.

The Senate measure goes now to the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Pigman’s bill has been placed on Special Order Calendar for Wednesday, April 17.