A spokesperson for North Carolina’s Democratic governor criticized Tuesday a bill that would require doctors to give life-saving medical attention to babies who survive abortion, raising the prospect he will veto it when it reaches his desk.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act passed the North Carolina House of Representatives 65-46 Tuesday, one day after clearing the Senate 28-19. Republicans control both chambers. The bill’s text requires abortion doctors to treat a baby who survives an abortion the same way they would “any other child born alive at the same gestational age.” The bill also requires the baby be transported to the hospital.
But a spokesperson for North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said the bill targets abortion doctors.
“This unnecessary legislation would criminalize doctors for a practice that simply does not exist,” Cooper spokesperson Ford Porter said, according to The Charlotte Observer. “Laws already exist to protect newborn babies and legislators should instead be focused on other issues like expanding access to health care to help children thrive.”
Earlier this month a woman named Melissa Ohden who miraculously survived her mother’s abortion attempt told U.S. senators that legislation is needed to protect babies who are in a similar situation.
North Carolina state Rep. Pat McElraft, a Republican, said she personally has seen evidence of infanticide in the state. Years ago she worked as a phlebotomist.
“Nurses told stories of babies who were born alive and were taken by the doctor and turned face down in the saline,” McElraft said, according to The Charlotte Observer.
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