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H.R. 962 (116th): Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

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Almost every Senate Republican has cosponsored this pro-life bill.


The pro-life movement’s most recent concern has become Democrats’ supposed willingness to kill fetuses which survive abortion attempts, sparked by comments made by Virginia’s governor.

Gov. Northam said during a radio interview that under a proposed Democratic-led bill, an infant who survived an abortion attempt “would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired.”

Some took that to mean that if it’s not what the family desired, the fetus would be killed or left to die by a doctor — even though that’s not what the governor said, and after an outcry the governor’s office quickly clarified that conclusion was a complete misinterpretation.

Nonetheless, Republicans are now solidifying around a bill to punish doctors who …

Sponsor and status

Ann Wagner

Sponsor. Representative for Missouri's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 5, 2019
Length: 7 pages
Feb 5, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 5, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


193 Cosponsors (189 Republicans, 3 Democrats, 1 Independent)

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S. 311 (same title)
Failed Cloture — Feb 25, 2020



Feb 5, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 962 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 962. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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