On Friday, September 18, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a new and important pro-life bill -- the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504), sponsored by Congressman Trent Franks (R-Az.). National Right to Life is calling for immediate enactment of this urgently needed legislation.
H.R. 3504 would enact an explicit requirement that a baby born alive during an abortion must be afforded “the same degree” of care that would apply “to any other child born alive at the same gestational age,” including transportation to a hospital. In addition, the bill applies the existing penalties of 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1111 (the federal murder statute) to anyone who performs “an overt act that kills a child born alive.” This would apply, for example, to an abortion clinic staff person who dissects a breathing born-alive infant in order to harvest an intact liver, or to an abortionist who ends a born-alive baby’s whimpers with a sharp blow to the skull, or by snipping the spine. In addition, the bill would empower women who are harmed by violations of the act to sue abortionists or other persons, or organizations, who are responsible for the harm.
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