Feb 16, 6:35 PM EST

Senate OKs infant protections for failed abortion attempts

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would require doctors to provide medical care to infants who are born in a failed abortion attempt.

The Senate on Thursday approved the "born-alive infant protection" measure requiring doctors to provide immediate medical care to infants who survive a failed abortion attempt. The measure now heads to the House after passing the Senate on a 34-0 vote.

There are 35 states with similar laws on the books according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research center that supports abortion rights. Congress approved a similar federal law on infants born in failed abortion attempts in 2002, and measures are being considered in four other states.

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