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Second abortion-related measure headed to House floor

by Dara Kam | April 4th, 2013

Abortion providers would be required to provide emergency care to infants born alive or face criminal penalties under a measure unanimously approved by the House Health and Human Services Committee this morning.

It’s the second abortion-related measure sent to the House floor in as many days. But, unlike a proposal that would make it a crime to perform an abortion based on the gender or race of the fetus, the “Infants Born Alive” provision unanimously passed today has the blessing of Planned Parenthood.

The measure would require that an infant born alive after a botched abortion would have to be transported to a hospital and be resuscitated and mirrors a federal law.

Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park, an emergency room doctor and the bill’s sponsor, said regulators have no idea if there is a problem with the issue in Florida now. But his bill (HB 1129) would require abortion providers to report the number of any infants born alive in other monthly reports.

“This bill is intended solely to guarantee all respect and humanity to infants born alive regardless of how they enter this world,” Pigman said.

Infants born alive after an abortion and which could survive would only occur in rare circumstances, Pigman said. The first is in partial-birth, or third-trimester abortions outlawed in Florida except when the mother’s life is in danger and ordered by two physicians. The second would be if an abortion is performed on a fetus whose gestation was erroneously dated by an ultrasound or other means, Pigman said.

The committee heard testimony from two Christian Family Coalition members who said they survived their biological mother’s attempts to abort them.

And Lillian Tamayo of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, said her group withdrew its opposition to the measure after the sponsor struck a provision that would have automatically stripped the biological mother of her parental rights.

A similar bill is pending in a Senate committee.

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3 Responses to “Second abortion-related measure headed to House floor”

  1. PBCnative Says:

    WTH? I’m sure any infant that is ‘born alive’ is given medical care and immediate attention. Pregnancies that are terminated in the first several months of the 1st trimester don’t produce ‘viable’ babies that have the ability to live outside the mother’s body. This bill vote is a waste of time and taxpayer’s money. Any doctor who takes and honors his or her Hippocratic Oath, would take care of a fetus that ‘survives abortion’.

    Very few fetuses ‘survive abortion’ and 3rd trimester abortions are already tightly controlled by Florida law.

  2. PBCresponse Says:

    PBC- No matter the claims of those who make money from abortion. Unintended live births do occasionally happen and you can’t put the cat back in the bag so to speak. As we have seen through the ongoing court case in PA not all Drs follow the H Oath. But the H Oath really is not the point, the whole concept of partial birth abortion was to comply with the legal doctrine that asserts that a baby does not become a protected person under the law until they are born. Thus, partial birth abortions deliver the late term child feet first leave the head in the birth canal. The child is then killed before the head comes out in order to comply with the adore mentioned legal doctrine. Denial does change the facts.

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