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H.R. 718 (115th): Protecting the Dignity of Unborn Children Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 27, 2017 (Introduced).


I

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 718

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 27, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Wenstrup, Mr. Roe of Tennessee, Mr. Joyce of Ohio, Mr. Gibbs, Mr. Latta, Mr. Renacci, Mr. Turner, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. Stivers, and Mr. Chabot) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the unlawful disposal of fetal remains, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Protecting the Dignity of Unborn Children Act of 2017.

2.

Prohibiting unlawful disposal of fetal remains

(a)

Prohibiting unlawful disposal of fetal remains

Part I of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

125

Unlawful disposal of fetal remains

2741. Unlawful disposal of fetal remains.

2741.

Unlawful disposal of fetal remains

(a)

In general

Whoever recklessly disposes of or abandons fetal remains in a landfill or in any of the navigable waters of the United States shall be imprisoned not more than 3 years or fined under this title, or both.

(b)

Rule of construction

Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize the prosecution of any woman for the disposal of the remains of her unborn child.

(c)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Fetal remains

The term fetal remains means any part of a human fetus that is deceased by reason of an abortion, but does not include any such part that has been cremated.

(2)

Landfill

The term landfill means a sanitary landfill, as such term is defined in section 1004(26) of the Solid Waste Disposal Act.

(3)

Navigable waters

The term navigable waters has the meaning given such term in section 502(7) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of chapters for such part is amended by inserting, after the item pertaining to chapter 123, the following:

125.Unlawful disposal of fetal remains2741

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