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Fla. Lawmakers Pass Abortion Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida lawmakers have sent to Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would require medical care for newborns who survive botched abortions.

The measure (HB 1129) won final passage on a 38-0 Senate vote Tuesday.

It would penalize abortion providers who don't provide medical care for infants born alive despite attempted abortions.

Abortion-rights supporters say such a scenario is extremely rare. But some abortion opponents have said it's not such a rarity.

A woman who claimed she was born after her mother tried to abort her appeared before a legislative panel to support the bill.

The measure looms as the major abortion-related bill for the 60-day legislative session ending Friday.

A bill that would ban abortions based solely on an unborn child's gender or race isn't making headway in the Senate.


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