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Arizona Gov. signs law requiring abortion survivors to be cared for

by | Apr 4, 2017

By Dave Andrusko

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

On Friday Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1367, an important measure that requires abortionists to use all available means and medical skills to save an abortion survivor.

“The bill would require hospitals and clinics providing abortions at 20 weeks or beyond to have medical equipment on site to care for a fetus delivered alive,” the Arizona Republic reported. According to the pro-abortion blog, “At least three Arizona clinics offer terminations at and beyond 20 weeks gestation.”

SB 1367 passed the Arizona Senate 18-12 and the Arizona House 34-22.

Reporting for the Republic Alia Beard Rau and Mary Jo Pitzl explained

SB 1367 defines “delivered alive” as showing one or more of these signs of life: breathing, a heartbeat, umbilical cord pulsation or definite movement of voluntary muscles.

It requires the Arizona Department of Health Services to set policies that clinics, hospitals and physicians must follow to care for a baby delivered alive, including having neonatal emergency equipment and trained staff in the room for all abortions performed at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Earlier this month, in a passionate two-hour debate, the Arizona House Judiciary and Public Safety Committee advanced the bill described by its sponsor State Sen. Steve Smith as “the good Samaritan abortion bill.”

“This bill is not about Planned Parenthood, it’s not even really about abortions per se,” Smith said, according to CourtHouse News. “We’re just talking about a living baby in front of you with clear signs of life.”

Courthouse News’ Jamie Ross included an extended set of quotes from Smith, explaining why he said the legislation is needed:

During the hearing, Smith testified about two instances where he said a fetus was alive following an abortion but did not receive medical care.

“Here you have a woman who went in, had an abortion, baby survives, baby lives, baby is alive,” Smith told the panel of one incident. In that case, the fetus was alive for over an hour without medical care, he said.

“An hour and 18 minutes a living, human being child lay on effectively a cold steel table until it died with no medical attention given to it, with doctors nearby. That’s pretty disheartening to say the least,” Smith said.

In another incident, he told the panel an abortion clinic called 911 when a fetus was reported to be breathing.

“By the time the paramedics got there and got to the hospital, baby died,” Smith said. Both incidents are cited in the bill.

“The bill is simply saying when there is an abortion, if the baby lives we aren’t talking abortions anymore,” he continued. “Can we just exact a little bit of medical care to this child?”

Opponents argued the bill would needless inflict pain on children born with anomalies incompatible with life and put medical professionals at risk. Rewire included the curious argument that SB1367 “is essentially a new form of targeted regulation of abortion providers, or TRAP laws.”

The pro-abortion site also said it had talked with state Rep. Smith earlier in March.

“All we’re saying is if this is happening, we want to make sure that the baby is taken care of,” Smith said. “We want the Department of Health Services to adopt some basic operating procedures for the minimum standards of care that these places will have to follow.”

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