Arizona Abortion Bill Moves To Full Senate

Published: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 7:43am

Arizona lawmakers voted Wednesday to force doctors to try and resuscitate any fetus born alive, even if it’s not viable.

The bill says a baby is considered alive if it’s outside of the mother's womb, it shows evidence of breathing, a heartbeat, or other movement, which means a clinic would have to provide care.

The legislation would also apply to babies born severely premature.
"Infants between 20 and 22 weeks of gestation have a zero percent chance of survival, even if they are born with a heartbeat and movement," said Dr. Kelley Saunders, representing the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. "Parents of these infants just want to hold their babies and be peacefully with them until they pass.”
Saunders told lawmakers that it would be against the standard of care to subject babies and their parents to such “draconian” measures.

Another doctor who testified for the bill said with science, they’ve been able to push the limits of viability. The bill now moves to the full senate.

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