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Published On: Wed, Jan 24th, 2018

Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act passes House, Planned Parenthood calls it ‘unnecessary’, ‘full of inflammatory language’

On Friday, the US House of Representatives passed the bill, H.R. 4712, entitled the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in a 241-183 vote, making it a serious pro-life victory. The vote took place the same day as the annual March for Life in Washington, DC.

Participants in the “March for life” walk along Concord Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee, photo Michael Stansberry via wikimedia commons

The bill amends the federal criminal code to require any health care practitioner who is present when a child is born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion to: (1) exercise the same degree of care as reasonably provided to any other child born alive at the same gestational age, and (2) ensure that such child is immediately admitted to a hospital. The term “born alive” means the complete expulsion or extraction from his or her mother, at any stage of development, who after such expulsion or extraction breathes or has a beating heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles, regardless of whether the umbilical cord has been cut.

Also, a health care practitioner or other employee who has knowledge of a failure to comply with these requirements must immediately report such failure to an appropriate law enforcement agency.

An individual who violates the provisions of this bill is subject to a criminal fine, up to five years in prison, or both.

An individual who commits an overt act that kills a child born alive is subject to criminal prosecution for murder.

The bill bars the criminal prosecution of a mother of a child born alive for conspiracy to violate these provisions, for being an accessory after the fact, or for concealment of felony.

A woman who undergoes an abortion or attempted abortion may file a civil action for damages against an individual who violates this bill.

It was no surprise that America’s largest abortion chain –Planned Parenthood came out against the legislation.

In a statement the same day from Dana Singiser, Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations for Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

This bill is unnecessary and is full of inflammatory language intentionally designed to politicize the provision of health care. Planned Parenthood physicians provide high-quality medical care and adhere to the most rigorous professional standards, including providing emergency care. The political agenda here is clear: to take away access to safe, legal abortion.  Time and time again, the American people have rejected these blatantly political attacks on women’s health care. Instead of attacking women’s health, Congress needs to listen to the American people and invest in women and families.

The bill has been received in the Senate.

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