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Christian Family Coalition (CFC), announces first of two legislative priorities for 2013 Florida legislative session
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MIAMI-Today, the Christian Family Coalition (CFC), Florida's premiere human rights and social justice organization, announced the first of two legislative priorities for the 2013 Florida legislative session.
Infants Born Alive
In the state of Florida, a child who survives an abortion does not have equal rights under the law. It is not legally defined, therefore, not only are clinics not required to report these incidences, they do not have access to any type of medical care and there are no legal penalties because these children have absolutely no protection under current law.
In Canada, with a population of 34.5 million people, one report found that up to five (500) children survived attempted abortions over a one-year period.
Thus, it is safe to say that in the state of Florida, with a population of 19 million people, at least 250 unborn children have survived an abortion in the past year without any legal protection.
The Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 ("BAIPA") was enacted August 5, 2002 by the U.S. Congress and signed by President George W. Bush.
BAIPA extends equal rights by providing legal protection to an infant born alive after a failed attempt at an induced abortion. However, as with the Hyde Amendment, which prohibited taxpayer funding of abortion from 1976 until the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in 2010, which authorizes taxpayer funding of abortion, we do not know how long BAIPA will remain in effect. In regards to PPACA, there is a provision allowing states to opt-out of taxpayer funding of abortion, as of February 2013, twenty (20) states, including Florida have done so.
What is the Infants Born Alive Protection Act?
Provides that infant born alive during or immediately after attempted abortion is entitled to same rights, powers, & privileges as any other child born alive in course of natural birth; requires health care practitioners to preserve life & health of such infant born alive, if possible; provides for transport & admittance of infant to hospital; provides certain services for infant; requires health care practitioner or employees who have knowledge of any violations with respect to infants born alive after attempted abortion to report those violations to DOH; provides penalty.
Currently, twenty-eight states (28), not including Florida, have passed laws extending equal rights by providing legal protection to an infant born alive after a failed attempt at an induced abortion.
Action in the Florida legislature
IBAPA was filed in the Florida legislature on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 by Rep. Cary Pigman in the Florida House and Sen. Anitere Flores in the Florida Senate.