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The Florida state Senate Tuesday unanimously passed a bill that would provide medical care and legal protection for babies who are born alive following failed abortions.

The bill requires that infants born alive be immediately transported to the nearest hospital and provided appropriate medical treatment that is equal to treatment given to any other infant following natural birth.

LifeNews reports that, despite opposition from Planned Parenthood, the measure cleared the state House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. With the unanimous vote in the state Senate, the bill now heads to Gov. Rick Scott (R) who is expected to sign it into law.

The legislation, which is the same measure that President Barack Obama refused to support as an Illinois state senator, mirrors the national Born Alive Infant Protection Act signed into law by President George W. Bush. The federal law was passed following exposure, by nurse Jill Stanek, of Chicago-area hospitals that left infants to die in utility closets after failed abortions.

During a subcommittee meeting regarding the legislation, a Planned Parenthood lobbyist, Alisa Laport Snow, suggested that killing a baby who survived an abortion is acceptable as long as the physician and patient agreed to it.

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