Dem Governor to Veto Bill That Mandates Doctors Provide Care to Babies Born ALIVE After Failed Abortions: ‘Not a Productive Use of Time’

Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers recently revealed that he will be vetoing a bill which cleared both chambers of his legislative statehouse because it is “not a productive use of time.”

That bill? The “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” which
the Daily Caller reports would require physicians 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 at the same gestational age.”

According to the governor, protecting the life of a child—a literal baby born and out of the womb—does not amount to an issue his state needs to address.

“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,” Evers said during the interview.

Adding insult to injury, Evers added: “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.”

As the Daily Caller reports, a similar effort was passed in North Carolina but vetoed by Democrat Governor Roy Cooper. From the report:

A doctor must ensure that a child born alive is immediately taken and admitted to the hospital, under the proposal.

Physicians who violate the law face fines up to $10,000 and a maximum of six years in prison.

Republican lawmakers introduced the bill, AB179, on April 18. The legislation hasn’t been voted on by legislative committees, according to The Hill.

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Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed SB359, or the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” on April 18. The bill sought to explicitly direct physicians to provide care for infants who survive abortion procedures.

Other efforts, one in Kansas and in the U.S. Senate, also failed to pass, the Daily Caller also reports:

Senate Democrats also blocked the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in February, which would have required doctors to provide medical care to babies who are born alive after an abortion procedure.

Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday also vetoed a bill that would have required doctors to tell women seeking abortions about an abortion reversal pill, The Chicago Tribune reported. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists maintains there is no medically accepted evidence saying “abortion reversal” is legitimate.

A number of states including Arkansas, North Dakota, Iowa, Mississippi and Kentucky have proposed or enacted laws outlawing abortion in the presence of a fetal heartbeat. Most of the bans have remained ineffective due to court orders prohibiting enforcement.


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