Tallahassee, Florida - Doctors performing abortions in Florida would be required to provide medical care to babies who survive the procedure under legislation at the state Capitol.
The Florida House voted unanimously for the bill Wednesday.
The measure was sponsored by Rep. Cary Pigman, who's also a doctor. He says the bill sets protocols for the care of infants born alive after an attempted abortion.
"As a doctor, I understand the importance of protecting the sanctity of life. Every infant born alive, regardless of the manner of birth, has a right to receive the appropriate care available to them by present healthcare professionals. This legislation sets clear guidelines for the care of these infants as soon as they are born and ensures that they are provided all of the protections they deserve."
Those guidelines include appropriate care for the gestational age of the baby and making sure the infant is transported to a hospital for continued care.
The legislation makes it a crime not to treat an infant born alive. Doctors would face up to a year in prison for violations.
Now the bill heads to the Senate.