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Text of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act

This bill was introduced on June 14, 2001, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jun 14, 2001 (Introduced).

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S 1050 IS

107th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1050

To protect infants who are born alive.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 14, 2001

Mr. SANTORUM (for himself, Mr. FITZGERALD, and Mr. VOINOVICH) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To protect infants who are born alive.

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

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Born-Alive Infants Protection Act’.

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, caesarean 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.’.