Editor’s note. This story includes information provided by Florida Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate.
On Tuesday with 38 yeas and 2 votes abstaining, the Florida Senate passed HB 1129, the “Infants Born Alive” bill. The measure had already passed the Florida House on April 17 by a vote of 119-0 and is now on its way to Gov. Rick. Scott. Scott has already said he is looking “forward to signing the bill when it reaches my desk.”
State Senator Anitere Flores and State Representative Cary Pigman sponsored the bill. The legislation requires that an infant born alive during an abortion is required to be given care pending transportation to the nearest emergency medical facility for immediate treatment. It also requires abortion providers to report infants born alive to state health officials. Failing to treat any infant born alive is a first degree misdemeanor, and known violations of the duty to treat and transport the infant must be reported to the Florida Department of Health.
This is the bill that created a storm of controversy when a Planned Parenthood representative expressed opposition in testimony to a House subcommittee.
Alisa LaPolt Snow, the lobbyist representing the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, was asked what would PPFA want done with a baby who has survived a “botched abortion” and is struggling for life? Snow coolly responded, “We believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician.”
“Over the past several weeks we have heard horrific crimes described during the trial of abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell, and we are thankful the Florida Legislature has taken necessary steps to ensure that similar crimes committed in Florida will not be tolerated in our State,” said Rachel Burgin, Executive Director of Florida Right to Life.
“I was born alive after a failed abortion attempt,” said Penny Hopper. “This legislation will ensure that babies who are born like I was will receive healthcare and every opportunity to survive.”
Hopper added, “I have spoken to the Governor about this legislation, and I look forward to this bill being signed into law.” Penny is a Florida native who survived a botched abortion and was left on the back porch of a clinic.
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