Abortion Bill Fails in State Senate

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A bill that would provide care for fetuses born alive during abortions failed Thursday in a state Senate committee.

The bill failed 6-4 in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

Republican Senator Rick Winkel of Champaign said the proposed bill mirrored federal policy. The state bill would have required medical professionals to give care to a fetus that is alive after an abortion procedure.

Winkel said it doesn't affect abortion law at all.

Mary Dixon of the American Civil Liberties Union said it puts doctors in an untenable position of trying to decide whether to provide extraordinary care to a fetus that might not live.

Committee Chairman Barack Obama of Chicago said the federal policy makes a state law unnecessary.

It was Senate Bill 11-82.