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'Neglect is murder'

Surprise senator calls governor’s veto ‘sickening’

Posted 4/9/23

One of Gov. Katie Hobbs’ latest vetoes drew an angry response from a Surprise senator.

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'Neglect is murder'

Surprise senator calls governor’s veto ‘sickening’


One of Gov. Katie Hobbs’ latest vetoes drew an angry response from a Surprise senator.

The governor rejected a proposal to spell out what procedures medical personnel must follow when a baby is born alive, even in situations where there is no chance of survival.

"The bill is uniformly opposed by the medical community and interferes with the relationship between a patient and doctor,'' Hobbs wrote in rejecting SB 1600.

"It's simply not the state's role to make such difficult medical decisions for patients.''

Sen. Janae Shamp, the Surprise Republican who sponsored the measure, was not pleased.

She noted that Hobbs currently is fighting legal moves to force her to proceed with the execution of Aaron Gunches for a 2002 murder, with the governor saying she wants to be sure the procedures can be carried out in a humane fashion.

"It's sickening that she doesn't feel the same about keeping innocent babies alive,'' Shamp said.

 "In reality, death by neglect is murder.''

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