Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott signed “Infants Born Alive” legislation on Wednesday to protect babies that survive abortions, saying the bill protects “the most vulnerable.”

“As a father and grandfather, there is nothing more precious or special than welcoming a new child into this world and by signing this bill, we are protecting the most vulnerable among us and affirming their rights as individuals,” Scott said in a statement.

“This legislation ensures common-sense measures are taken to help care for the babies who survive abortion procedures and grants those infants the same rights as infants who are born naturally,” he said.

The law grants babies that survive an abortion and are born alive “the same rights, powers, and privileges as any other child born alive in the course of natural birth.” It also requires health care practitioners to attempt to save the aborted child’s life, and provide transportation to a hospital.

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