The Republican legislator in North Carolina on Wednesday failed to lift a veto from the state's Democratic governor against the proposal to impose penalties on doctors and nurses who fail to care for a child during unsuccessful abortions.
The legislature debated the Senate draft 359 – known as the "Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act" – for more than an hour before the vote 67-53. An attempt to reach the supermajority – 72 votes – needed to override Governor Roy Cooper and win a victory for pro-choice groups after suffering a series of restrictive defeats against abortion laws in recent weeks ,
"It's important to protect those There are already laws protecting newborns," Cooper said in a statement after the vote.
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The measure would have required doctors to care for newborns who survive an abortion and the same for them Protect like other patients instead of letting them die after the unsuccessful procedure. Those who fail to do so may face a jail sentence of up to $ 250,000.
Unlike in other states where abortion laws have been passed in recent weeks, the measure in North Carolina would not have narrowed the window if a woman could do so.
The GOP-led State House and Senate approved the measure before Cooper vetoed it. The Senate voted weeks ago to override the veto. All that was needed was for the house to follow suit.
President Trump has expressed his support for "living-born" bills. At a Wednesday news conference before the vote, the Republicans said it was not about abortion.
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"This is about caring for babies who have survived abortion," said Sen. Joyce Krawiec, Raleigh news and observer.
Kelsea McLain, director of public relations for the Women's Choice Agency in Raleigh, said the bill was part of a nationwide trend to criminalize abortion.
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"We're only here to make sure people know this is a bad bill based on a need, but on stigma rather than science. "McLain added that the legislation" is based on the idea that abortion is inherently bad, and the providers of this care are bad people if it really is not the reality we are struggling with. " The Associated Press contributed to this report.