S.1603 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ] (Introduced 06/17/2015)|
|Committees:||Senate - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs | House - Homeland Security; Armed Services|
|Committee Reports:||S. Rept. 114-116|
|Latest Action (modified):||Senate - 09/21/2015 Message on House action received in Senate and at desk: House amendment to Senate bill. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.1603 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Passed House amended (09/18/2015)
Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
(Sec. 3) This 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 Act 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 legislation bars the criminal prosecution of a mother of a child born alive for conspiracy to violate the provisions of this Act, 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 Act.