NC Senate discusses what happens if baby is born alive during an abortion

State - Regional

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina legislature is entering again the contentious debate over abortion.
  
A Senate committee scheduled discussion on Wednesday over a measure focused on what happens should an abortion procedure result in a live birth.
  
The bill co-sponsored by nearly 20 Republicans says the newborn is a “legal person” subject to the same protections of the law and care from health providers as any other newborn. The measure says failure to do so could result in a felony and even murder charges for anyone whose overt action kills a child born alive.
  
The committee meeting comes two weeks after a federal judge declared unconstitutional a state law banning women from having abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy except in an urgent medical emergency.
 

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