Kentucky bill requires care for infants surviving abortion

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky Senate panel has approved a bill to require that doctors and other health workers provide life-saving care for an infant born alive after a failed abortion attempt.

The measure sailed through the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee without opposition Thursday. The bill now heads to the Republican-dominated Senate.

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Senator Whitney Westerfield, the bill’s lead sponsor, says he isn’t aware of any instances in which an infant was born alive in Kentucky from a failed abortion. But he says the measure is needed to “prevent it ever happening.”

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.