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North Carolina sends born-alive bill to governor

by Kent Covington
Posted 4/17/19, 11:36 am

The North Carolina legislature gave final approval Tuesday to a bill requiring doctors and nurses to provide medical care to babies who survive attempted abortions. Under the Republican-drafted legislation, medical professionals could face felony charges and steep fines for failing to care for a baby if a late-term abortion is botched and the baby is born breathing and with a beating heart, said state Rep. Pat McElraft, a Republican. The House passed the bill Tuesday, one day after the Senate gave its approval. Both bodies have GOP majorities.

Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, has criticized the measure, raising expectations he would veto it when it reaches his desk. “This unnecessary legislation would criminalize doctors for a practice that simply does not exist,” Cooper spokesman Ford Porter wrote in an email.


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Comments

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Wed, 04/17/2019 04:05 pm

    “This unnecessary legislation would criminalize doctors for a practice that simply does not exist,”

    Really? Perhaps the spokesman missed the Gosnell affair.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 04/17/2019 11:32 pm

    And if Gov. Cooper was right, that the “practice simply does not exist,” I guess those doctors he is fretting about, simply would have nothing to fear. 

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    JenniMiki70
    Posted: Thu, 04/18/2019 01:51 pm

    I cannot believe these politicians, putting their political lives ahead of babies' lives.  Further and further we slide each and every day now. Praise God, because regardless of how horrible and offensive these people are and will be, He is still in control.

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