A Kentucky bill requiring appropriate medical care for babies surviving attempted abortions became law on Friday.
Gov. Andy Bashear, D, neither signed nor vetoed the “Born-Alive” bill that passed the state legislature. The bill, SB9, requires that infants who are born alive after an attempted abortion be given appropriate medical care.
Kentucky’s legislature passed the bill on Jan. 9, and sent it to Bashear later that day. After nearly two weeks had passed without either a veto or signature, the bill automatically became law on Jan. 22, the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
The bill had received support from members of both political parties and was passed overwhelmingly by votes of 76-18 in the state house and 32-4 in the state senate.
The text of the bill reads “Any born-alive infant, including one (1) born in the course of an abortion procedure, shall be treated as a legal person under the laws of this Commonwealth, with the same rights to medically appropriate and reasonable care and treatment.”
Violation of the law results in the suspension of a medical license; it also parents to file civil cases against the medical professionals complicit violating the law.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Crofton, tweeted on January 22 that he believed the bill was now law and that the veto window had passed.