RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) - The North Carolina House of Representatives approved legislation banning post-birth abortions of living, breathing children in North Carolina on Tuesday in a bipartisan 65-46 vote that sent the measure to Gov. Roy Cooper.
The North Carolina Senate passed legislation on Monday aimed towards protecting the life of infants born during an abortion procedure. The bill passed the Senate by a margin of 28-19 votes before it was sent to the NC House for consideration.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act requires healthcare practitioners to provide the same duty of care to every infant born alive in North Carolina, whether or not it was born alive despite an abortion.
The bill only applies to situations in which the baby has been removed from the mother but Senate Republicans have shown support for this legislation.
“This bill has nothing to do with a woman’s decision to abort her baby,” said primary sponsor Rep. Pat McElraft (R-Carteret). “Nor does it have anything to do with the abortion procedure itself. This is about the baby that is born alive when the abortion fails to kill the baby.”
Senator Kathy Harrington (R-Gaston), expressed confusion as to why politicians wouldn’t support the bill, stating, ‘I find it hard to believe that there’s disagreement over whether a living human being, fully extracted from his or her mother, has the same rights as every other living human being, but it turns out some people don’t agree with that notion.’
The ACLU released a statement following the decision, expressing concern over the intentions of this legislation. Senior Policy Counsel for the NC ACLU Susanna Birdsong stated, ‘This extreme anti-abortion bill is a plain attempt to bully and scare abortion providers so that they stop providing the care their patients expect and need.’
Current North Carolina law already requires abortion clinics to maintain emergency care procedures like agreements with nearby hospitals for patient transfers and medical intervention plans for life-threatening situations.