Last week Alabama passed a “fetal heartbeat bill,” which bans abortions if the fetal heartbeat is detected and makes performing an abortion a felony punishable by up to 99 years, the only exception is protecting a mother’s life. As the law would take time to go into effect, the House of Representatives passed another bill by Rep. Ginny Shaver, Republican, which says that the doctor performing an abortion must preserve the life of the child if the child is born alive, otherwise the doctor would face criminal penalties, up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $100,000, – – reports www.al.com
The bill is “to require a physician in an abortion center in the instance where a baby is born alive after an abortion or an attempted abortion, to provide reasonable care to try to save the baby’s life,” Shaver explained and noted that it was drafted after legislation in Texas.
While Republicans stated that it was “basic human decency” and voted yes, Democrats discussed the issue, questioned the purpose of the bill and majority of them voted no. Now the bill is to move to Senate.
It is worth mentioning that doctors claimed that such situation when the child is born alive after an attempted abortion simply does not happen in Alabama. “Here in the state of Alabama, we don’t do late-term abortions,” said Rep. Merika Coleman. “The situation that the sponsor talked about, we don’t have documented cases in the state of Alabama. I was just asking for the data. And I think it’s irresponsible for us as a Legislature to pass laws when we don’t have the data that actually backs it up.”
In response to that Shaver claimed that “even though we don’t do late-term abortions in Alabama, the situation still exists,” referring to women who told her on condition of anonymity that they’d had experiences like those covered in the bill. “That’s their story to tell if they wish to tell it,” Shaver said. “But I think it’s perfectly understandable why women don’t come forward and tell these stories.”