Bill to Stop Infanticide Vetoed by Governor
April 18, 2023 | Kansas
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has vetoed a bill that would protect newborns who survive abortions from infanticide.
The Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (House Bill 2313) received massive support in the legislature and a veto override is likely. The governor is a pro-abortion Democrat, but the legislation has enough support to override her potential veto. The bill passed with bipartisan support in a 86-36 vote Tuesday in the state House and a 31-9 vote late last month in the state Senate.
The bill requires any healthcare worker present at the baby’s birth to provide the same degree of care to preserve the baby’s life that would be provided to any other baby born at the same gestational age. Additionally, it requires the abortion facility to transport the baby to the hospital. The bill also adds criminal penalties to existing laws that protect born-alive infants to ensure abortion workers are held accountable if a baby is abandoned to die.
The measure would have provided infant abortion survivors the same human rights and legal protections as other babies born at an early stage. (Excerpt from LifeNews.com.)