Arizona lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to legislation requiring doctors to provide "medically appropriate and reasonable care and treatment'' to any infant born alive, regardless of whether it is likely to survive.
In central Phoenix, Hushabye Nursery is home to babies born withdrawing from addictive substances they were exposed to in the womb. Across the country, cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome increased a startling 82% from 2010 to 2017, research shows. In Arizona, these cases increased 41% from 2017 to 2021.
Gov. Doug Ducey wants the Infant at Work program, currently in place at Health Services and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, to expand to other state agencies, citing the program as a “win-win-win” for parents, babies and employers.