Generic graphic of a newborn baby- Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A bill that would require medical care for newborns surviving botched abortions has cleared another hurdle in the Florida Legislature.
The measure (SB 1636) was advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 9-0 vote Monday.
The bill would make it a misdemeanor for failing to treat newborns that survive abortions. The punishment could include up to a year in jail. The measure also requires abortion providers to report failed procedures to state health authorities.
Abortion-rights supporters say the scenario contemplated by the bill is extremely rare. But some abortion opponents have said it's not such a rarity.
Similar legislation is advancing in the House. A woman who claimed she was born after her mother underwent an abortion has been among those speaking up for the bill in prior hearings.
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