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Abortion clinic director mocks NC anti-infanticide bill, questions why newborns should be considered legal persons


'Legal inconsistency'

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An abortion clinic director mocked a piece of state-level pro-life legislation being considered in North Carolina, and questioned why the survivors of botched abortions should be considered legal persons under state law.

In the tweet published Wednesday afternoon, Calla Hayes mocked the pro-life bill, arguing that, because infants under 30 days old cannot be added to wills in North Carolina, they shouldn't qualify as legal persons under a proposed anti-infanticide law.

Hales is the director of an abortion clinic in the Tar Heel State and sits on the board of directors for NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina.

She went on to call the contrast "incredibly hypocritical," before claiming that she was merely "pointing out a legal inconsistency."

North Carolina's bill, like the similar federal legislation that currently is the subject of a discharge petition in the House of Representatives, is titled the "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act."

It would require that children who survive botched abortion attempts be given the same degree of lifesaving medical care "as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age."

It would also make failure to do so a felony punishable with a fine of up to $250,000.

The bill is expected to hit the state Senate floor for a vote Monday, WRAL reports, while the House version passed committee Thursday on a party-line vote.

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