Kentucky bill requires care for infants surviving abortion

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky Senate panel 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.

Sen. Whitney Westerfield, the bill's lead sponsor, says he is not 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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