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The Latest: Senate passes bill on aborted infants born alive

February 28, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Kentucky lawmakers considering a bill to require doctors to try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill to require doctors to try saving the life of an infant born alive during an abortion.

Under the bill, doctors violating the proposal would face felony prosecution and jail time.

The measure cleared the Republican-led Senate on a 32-0 vote Thursday. It now goes to the House, where the GOP also dominates. It’s the latest in a series of measures being pushed by abortion opponents in this year’s legislative session.

The proposal would require doctors to provide all “reasonable life-saving and life-sustaining” care for an infant who survives an attempted abortion. The bill also would apply to nurses and other providers failing to offer care.

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10:25 a.m.

Kentucky lawmakers have advanced a bill that would threaten prison for doctors who don’t try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions.

The bill cleared a Senate committee on Thursday. It’s the latest measure being pushed by abortion opponents in this year’s legislative session.

The proposal would require doctors to provide all “reasonable life-saving and life-sustaining” care for an infant who survives an attempted abortion.

Violations would be a felony that can result in up to five years in jail. It also would apply to nurses and other health-care providers failing to provide care.

Sen. Whitney Westerfield, the bill’s lead sponsor, says he doesn’t know if infants have been born alive in Kentucky during failed abortions, but says he’s heard of instances elsewhere.

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The legislation is Senate Bill 227.

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