Senate Bill 220
115th Congress(2017-2018)
Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
Introduced
Introduced
Introduced in Senate on Jan 24, 2017
Overview
Text
Sponsor
Introduced
Jan 24, 2017
Latest Action
Jan 24, 2017
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
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Bill Number
220
Congress
115
Policy Area
Crime and Law Enforcement
Crime and Law Enforcement
Primary focus of measure is criminal offenses, investigation and prosecution, procedure and sentencing; corrections and imprisonment; juvenile crime; law enforcement administration. Measures concerning terrorism may fall under Emergency Management or International Affairs policy areas.
Sponsorship by Party
Nebraska
Missouri
Arkansas
Arkansas
Louisiana
Louisiana
Mississippi
Mississippi
Mississippi
Nebraska
North Carolina
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oklahoma
South Carolina
South Carolina
South Dakota
Wisconsin
Wyoming
No Senate votes have been held for this bill.
Summary

Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

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 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.

Text (1)
January 24, 2017
Actions (2)
01/24/2017
Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
01/24/2017
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Created
Jan 25, 2017 4:45:58 AM
Updated
Sep 28, 2020 10:43:54 PM