House passes Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act - cosponsored by Congressman Rooney
Washington, DC – Today, the House passed legislation, cosponsored by Congressman Francis Rooney, that protects the lives of babies born alive following an attempted abortion procedure.
Congressman Rooney stated, “I am proud to have cosponsored the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act. It is unthinkable that such laws are needed at all, but sadly they are. I will always passionately fight to protect the lives of the unborn, and this legislation will end one of the most gruesome attacks on life.”
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act amends the federal criminal code to require any health care practitioner who is present when a child is born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion to:
• Exercise the same degree of care as reasonably provided to any other child born alive at the same gestational age
• Ensure that such child is immediately admitted to a hospital.
The term "born alive" means the complete expulsion or extraction from his or her mother, 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.