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H.R. 4712: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Jan 19, 2018 at 11:26 a.m. ET. On Passage of the Bill in the House.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 4712 (115th) in the House.

H.R. 4712 establishes requirements for health care practitioners to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion. Specifically, the bill:

  • Requires health care practitioners present at the time a child is born alive during an abortion or attempted abortion to exercise the same degree of care to preserve the life and health of the child as any health care practitioner would provide to a child born alive at the same gestational age;
  • Requires that children born alive during an abortion or attempted abortion be transported and admitted to a hospital immediately following the administration of emergency care;
  • Requires any health care practitioner, or employee of a hospital, physician’s office, or abortion clinic to immediately report violations of bill requirements to appropriate state or federal law enforcement agencies, or both;
  • Provides fines and/or imprisonment of not more than five years for violations of the requirements established by the bill, but in the case of an intentional killing of a child born alive, a violator can be charged with first degree murder;
  • Prevents the prosecution of women of children born alive for violations of bill requirements;
  • Provides a civil right of action by a woman on whom an abortion is performed or attempted against any person committing a violation of bill requirements. Such relief includes objectively verifiable monetary damages, statutory damages equal to three times the cost of the abortion or attempted abortion, and punitive damages; and
  • Allows for the award of attorney fees for plaintiffs prevailing in civil actions for violations or for defendants if the court finds that the plaintiff’s suit was frivolous.

Source: Republican Policy Committee


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Yea 57%
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