Kentucky is working to pass a new bill that would protect babies who survive of abortions, but Planned Parenthood is staunchly opposing the bill.
As CBN News reports, A "Born Alive" bill is currently being sent to the Governor's desk to ensure the survival of newborn babies who survived abortions. Senate Bill 9, which is titled "AN ACT relating to abortion and declaring an emergency," or commonly as the "Born Alive" bill, would provide protection to babies born alive during abortions and also have women be eligible for $10,000 in damages.
The legislation affirms what has already been codified into Kentucky law which states, "it is not an infringement on a woman's asserted right to terminate her pregnancy for this Commonwealth to affirm its interest in protecting an infant whose live birth occurred as the result of an attempted abortion." By building upon this previous legislation, newborns will be considered both citizens and therefore immune from murder in the state.
But Planned Parenthood of Kentucky's spokesperson, Brittany Myers, is claiming that "this bill's intent is to shame patients and threaten healthcare providers." She also expressed disdain for forcing abortion providers to resuscitate babies who were killed during abortions.
But key legislators didn't agree. State Senator Tom Buford (R-Nicholasville) stated "I've always stood of the opinion, that while many of us worry about the end of life and how that will be handled, I think it is more important that we worry about the beginning of life and how that life should be brought into this earth."
If the governor signs off on the bill, it will go into effect immediately through an emergency clause, which is outside of the normal scope of a 90-day wait period when the General Assembly reconvenes.
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John Paluska has been a contributor for Christian Headlines since 2016 and is the founder of The Washington Gazette, a news outlet he relaunched in 2019 as a response to the constant distribution of fake news.