Text: H.R.2175 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Public Law 107-207
107th Congress

                                 An Act


 
  To protect infants who are born alive. <<NOTE: Aug. 5, 2002 -  [H.R. 
                                2175]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress <<NOTE: Born-Alive Infants 
Protection Act of 2002.>> assembled,

SECTION 1. <<NOTE: 1 USC 1 note.>> SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 
2002''.

SEC. 2. DEFINITION OF BORN-ALIVE INFANT.

    (a) In General.--Chapter 1 of title 1, United States Code, is 
amended by adding at the end the following:

``Sec. 8. `Person', `human being', `child', and `individual' as 
                        including born-alive infant

    ``(a) In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any 
ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative 
bureaus and agencies of the United States, the words `person', `human 
being', `child', and `individual', shall include every infant member of 
the species homo sapiens who is born alive at any stage of development.
    ``(b) As used in this section, the term `born alive', with respect 
to a member of the species homo sapiens, means the complete expulsion or 
extraction from his or her mother of that member, 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, and regardless of whether the expulsion or extraction occurs as a 
result of natural or induced labor, cesarean section, or induced 
abortion.
    ``(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to affirm, deny, 
expand, or contract any legal status or legal right applicable to any 
member of the species homo sapiens at any point prior to being `born 
alive' as defined in this section.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the beginning of 
chapter 1 of title 1, United States Code, is amended by adding at the 
end the following new item:

``8. `Person', `human being', `child', and `individual' as including 
           born-alive infant.''.

    Approved August 5, 2002.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 2175:
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HOUSE REPORTS: No. 107-186 (Comm. on the Judiciary).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 148 (2002):
            Mar. 12, considered and passed House.
            July 18, considered and passed Senate.
WEEKLY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS, Vol. 38 (2002):
            Aug. 5, Presidential remarks.

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