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                       One Hundred Fourth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America

                          AT THE SECOND SESSION

         Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday,
   the third day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-six

                                 An Act

 To amend title 18, United States Code, to ban partial-birth abortions.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,


    This Act may be cited as the ``Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 


    (a) In General.--Title 18, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after chapter 73 the following:


``1531. Partial-birth abortions prohibited.

``Sec. 1531. Partial-birth abortions prohibited

    ``(a) Any physician who, in or affecting interstate or foreign 
commerce, knowingly performs a partial-birth abortion and thereby kills 
a human fetus shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more 
than two years, or both. This paragraph shall not apply to a partial-
birth abortion that is necessary to save the life of a mother whose 
life is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury: 
Provided, That no other medical procedure would suffice for that 
purpose. This paragraph shall become effective one day after enactment.
    ``(b)(1) As used in this section, the term `partial-birth abortion' 
means an abortion in which the person performing the abortion partially 
vaginally delivers a living fetus before killing the fetus and 
completing the delivery.
    ``(2) As used in this section, the term `physician' means a doctor 
of medicine or osteopathy legally authorized to practice medicine and 
surgery by the State in which the doctor performs such activity, or any 
other individual legally authorized by the State to perform abortions: 
Provided, however, That any individual who is not a physician or not 
otherwise legally authorized by the State to perform abortions, but who 
nevertheless directly performs a partial-birth abortion, shall be 
subject to the provisions of this section.
    ``(c)(1) The father, if married to the mother at the time she 
receives a partial-birth abortion procedure, and if the mother has not 
attained the age of 18 years at the time of the abortion, the maternal 
grandparents of the fetus, may in a civil action obtain appropriate 
relief, unless the pregnancy resulted from the plaintiff's criminal 
conduct or the plaintiff consented to the abortion.
    ``(2) Such relief shall include--
        ``(A) money damages for all injuries, psychological and 
    physical, occasioned by the violation of this section; and
        ``(B) statutory damages equal to three times the cost of the 
    partial-birth abortion.
    ``(d) A woman upon whom a partial-birth abortion is performed may 
not be prosecuted under this section, for a conspiracy to violate this 
section, or for an offense under section 2, 3, or 4 of this title based 
on a violation of this section.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of chapters for part I of title 
18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating 
to chapter 73 the following new item:
``74. Partial-birth abortions....................................1531''.

                               Speaker of the House of Representatives.

                            Vice President of the United States and    
                                               President of the Senate.

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