Florida bill requires care for abortion survivors

1,270 infants died following botched abortions in 2010

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida Senate committee has advanced a bill seeking to require medical care for newborns who survive botched abortions.

The bill (SB 1636) sailed through the Senate Health Policy Committee on a 9-0 vote Tuesday.

The measure would penalize people for failing to provide medical care for newborns who survive attempted abortions. Failure to treat such newborns or to have them taken to a hospital would be a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail. The bill also requires abortion providers to report failed procedures to state health authorities.

A supporter said the bill deals with a real problem in abortion clinics. Charmaine Yoest, representing the group Americans United for Life Action, cited national statistics from 2010 showing 1,270 infants died following botched abortions.

The House is considering similar legislation.

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