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Dan Crenshaw Ramps Up Effort To Protect Born-Alive Abortion Survivors

"There are certain moral issues that are not debatable, and this is one of them."

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) stands outside the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
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Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw (TX) took to the House floor this week to do something Democrats have repeatedly blocked: protect children born alive after an attempted abortion.

 

Crenshaw made a motion in the House on Thursday to bring the "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act" (H.R. 962) to a vote.

H.R. 962 "establishes requirements for the degree of care a health care practitioner must exercise in the event a child is born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion." The bill stipulates that "[a] health care practitioner who is present must (1) exercise the same degree of care as reasonably provided to another child born alive at the same gestational age, and (2) immediately admit the child to a hospital." The bill also requires health care practitioners or employees to immediately report any failure to comply with law enforcement.

The failure to protect a child or report failure to comply could result in criminal penalties, specified as "a fine, up to five years in prison, or both." The bill would also make intentionally killing or attempting to kill a child born alive a homicide.

The bill expressly bars "criminal prosecution of a mother of a child born alive for conspiracy to violate these provisions, for being an accessory after the fact, or for concealment of felony." It also empowers women to file civil action against individuals who violate the bill.

 

As expected, Crenshaw's motion was blocked. As the Christian Coalition notes, House Democrats have now rejected the motion to vote on the "Born-Alive Survivors" bill 78 times.

In a statement following the rejection of his motion, Crenshaw said: "There are certain moral issues that are not debatable, and this is one of them. Somehow, we as a Congress cannot agree that babies who survived attempted abortions deserve medical care. While House Democrats refuse to give these innocent lives a chance, House Republicans will continue to demand a vote to protect them."

 

Below is video of Crenshaw making the motion followed by the congressional description of H.R. 962:

Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

This bill establishes requirements for the degree of care a health care practitioner must exercise in the event a child is born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion.

A health care practitioner who is present must (1) exercise the same degree of care as reasonably provided to another child born alive at the same gestational age, and (2) immediately admit the child to a hospital. The bill also requires a health care practitioner or other employee to immediately report any failure to comply with this requirement to law enforcement.

A person who violates the requirements is subject to criminal penalties—a fine, up to five years in prison, or both.

Additionally, an individual who intentionally kills or attempts to kill a child born alive is subject to prosecution for murder.

The bill bars the criminal prosecution of a mother of a child born alive for conspiracy to violate these provisions, for being an accessory after the fact, or for concealment of felony.

A woman who undergoes an abortion or attempted abortion may file a civil action for damages against an individual who violates this bill.

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