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Under the measure, medical professionals who “fail to take medically appropriate and reasonable measures” could face up to $50,000 in fines and up to 20 years in prison.

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abortion born alive infant protection: NPR

Under the measure, medical professionals who “fail to take medically appropriate and reasonable measures” could face up to $50,000 in fines and up to 20 years in prison.

Ryan McVay/Getty Images

Montana voters rejected a measure that would have required medical workers to provide care to infants born prematurely or in rare cases surviving an attempted abortion or face penalties, according to an appeal by The Associated Press. Critics say infanticide is already illegal and the proposed amendment was unnecessary.

If LR-131, a legislative referendum for the protection of children born alive, had passed, health care professionals who failed to “take medically appropriate and reasonable measures” could have faced penalties of up to a $50,000 fine and up to 20 years in prison.

The measure declared that an embryo or fetus is a legal entity entitled to medical care if it is born prematurely or survives an attempted abortion, among other birth scenarios.

Members of the medical community have opposed the amendment saying it represents government overreach in decisions made between a patient and a provider. They say that in cases where a baby is born early or with fetal abnormalities, doctors will be forced to perform painful and unnecessary procedures that will prevent the family from spending the last moments with their baby.

Republican supporters of the initiative have said it is morally necessary to protect babies who survive attempted abortions, even though instances of this happening are rare.

In 2002, a federal law gave infants born alive the same rights as people, but did not mandate care or provide penalties. Eighteen states have passed similar laws.

Abortion remains legal in Montana. The state constitution protects him by virtue of his right to privacy.

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