S.98 - Pregnant Women Health and Safety Act111th Congress (2009-2010)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Vitter, David [R-LA] (Introduced 01/06/2009)|
|Committees:||Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions|
|Latest Action:||01/06/2009 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.|
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Summary: S.98 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (01/06/2009)
Pregnant Women Health and Safety Act - Subjects any physician who knowingly performs an abortion in violation of this Act to fines and/or imprisonment. Requires a physician who performs an abortion to: (1) have admitting privileges at a local hospital; and (2) notify the patient of the location of the hospital where the patient can receive follow-up care by the physician if complications arise. Provides for an exception for an abortion that is necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself.
Prohibits a woman upon whom an abortion is performed from being prosecuted for conspiracy to violate this Act.
Requires each abortion clinic that receives federal funds or assistance to: (1) be licensed by the state; and (2) be in compliance with the requirements for ambulatory surgery centers under title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act, except for the requirement of a certificate of public need. Allows a state board of health to waive the application of certain structural requirements for licensing purposes.