Bills protecting babies born alive during botched abortions vetoed in Wisconsin, North Carolina | 4/24/2019 | Staff
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The fight over proposed legislation to protect infants born alive during botched abortions continued this week as Democratic governors wielded their veto powers.

Republican-sponsored legislation in Wisconsin stipulating that medical doctors who do not provide medical care to babies who survive an abortion attempt could face life in prison is set to be vetoed by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Tuesday.

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"We wanted to reaffirm the fact that babies that survive abortions have the right to anything any other living, breathing individual in the state does," Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, said.

"And doctors have the responsibility to care for that child as they would for any other person who was living and breathing."

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Supporters of abortion rights insist such instances are rare and that the legislation makes it seem as though it is common.

The bill requires health care providers present during a botched abortion "to exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care provider would render to any other child born alive."

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Evers indicated he will veto the bill as he views it as redundant.

"I think those protections already exist," he told the newspaper in a Monday interview.

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"We have all sorts of issues to deal with in the state of Wisconsin and to pass a bill that is redundant seems to be not a productive use of time. And clearly I ran on the belief — and I still believe — that women should be able to make choices about their health care. But this deals with a specific issue that's already been resolved."

In North Carolina, Senate Bill 359, which was called the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” stated that should an abortion procedure fail and result in a live...
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