Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear rejected a bill Friday to protect newborn babies from infanticide in his state.
A pro-abortion Democrat, Beshear said in his veto statement that the legislation is not necessary because newborns already are protected under the law, Jurist reports.
“… existing Kentucky law already fully protects children from being denied life-saving medical care and treatment when they are born,” the governor said. “During this worldwide health pandemic, it is simply not the time for a divisive set of lawsuits that reduce our unity and our focus on defeating the novel coronavirus and restarting our economy.”
State Senate Bill 9 would have required “reasonable life-saving and life-sustaining” medical care to be provided to infants who are born alive after failed abortions. Medical professionals who violated the measure could have faced criminal penalties and had their licenses revoked.