Gov. Scott expresses support for ‘Infants Born Alive’ billby Dara Kam | April 9th, 2013
Gov. Rick Scott praised lawmakers for moving a measure that would require physicians and health care providers to give emergency care to infants born alive after botched abortions.
“The Infants Born Alive bill, SB 1636 – and its House companion, HB 1129 – ensure common sense measures to help care for the babies who survive abortion procedures. It is essential that we protect the weakest among us, and I am grateful for the Senators and Representatives in both parties who are supporting care for these babies,” Scott, a Republican who is running for re-election, said in a statement.
The Senate proposal received unanimous approval at its first committee stop in the Health Policy Committee Tuesday afternoon and has two more committee stops before it reaches the floor. The House version is ready for a floor vote.
The measure requires infants born alive to be transported to hospitals and receive emergency care. Planned Parenthood representatives withdrew their opposition after a component that would have automatically taken custody of the child away from the parent was removed.
Health care providers say that the chances of an infant being born alive after an abortion are extremely rare because third-trimester abortions are prohibited in Florida unless the life of the mother is in danger. Infants born before then could not survive, some abortion advocates said during previous testimony on the measure.
The bill is one of three pushed by right-to-life advocates moving through the legislature. Another would make it a separate crime if a fetus is injured when a woman is beaten or killed. A third would make it a crime to perform an abortion based on the race or gender of the fetus.