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Posted: Monday, April 15, 2013 4:49 pm

SARASOTA--In a rare showing of bipartisan support, Florida's latest abortion-related bill is expected to be signed into law by Governor Rick Scott.

House Bill 1129 would require doctors who perform abortions to provide emergency medical care to babies that survive an abortion in an attempt to preserve the child's life.

Not surprisingly, local abortion opponents favor the measure.

In a statement provided to ABC7 news from the Sarasota-Manatee Right to Life chapter, President Jim Steyer says "anytime there is a chance of saving a baby or protecting life, we support it."

However, officials from Planned Parenthood, one of the nation's largest abortion providers, say while the organization does not oppose the bill, they don't support it either.

"We characterize it as an attempt by politicians...to over-regulate what doctors have to do, to get between a doctor and a patient, and provide unnecessary regulation," said Kellie Dupree of Planned Parenthood.

Given that Planned Parenthood only provides abortions up until a fetus is fifteen weeks old, they say it's extremely unlikely that any infant would be born alive following an abortion procedure.

"We think 1129 addresses a situation that's extremely unlikely and highly unusual, but of course if something like that did happen, a Planned Parenthood doctor would provide care, because medical ethics and guidelines already compel physicians to provide that kind of care," said Dupree.

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