January 10, 2023
Webster Reintroduces Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection ActWashington, D.C. — Yesterday, Florida Congressman Daniel Webster R-Clermont, along with Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), and nearly 150 colleagues reintroduced H.R. 26 the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act. This bill ensures that infants born alive after an attempted abortion receive the same protection of law and degree of care as any newborn.
“It’s unimaginable that babies born alive after failed abortions can be denied medical care to save their life,” said Rep. Webster. “The unalienable right to life promised in our Declaration of Independence extends to unborn children and that the right to life is our first God-given right. Despite my work the past 4 years to bring this bill to the floor, the Democrat-controlled House blocked this bill from being voted on. One of my first acts this Congress is to reintroduce this bill and I hope the new Republican majority will swiftly pass it.”
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act is supported by SBA Pro-Life America, National Right to Life, Heritage Action, Faith & Freedom Coalition, Students for Life, Abortion Survivors Network, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Family Policy Alliance, Concerned Women for America, Coalition for Jewish Values, and Lifeline Children’s Services.
Background on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act:
- Requires that health care practitioners who are present at the live birth exercise skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child—the same degree of care that would be offered to any other child born prematurely of the same gestational age. After those efforts, the health care workers must transport and admit the child to a hospital.
- Requires health care practitioners and hospital employees to report violations to law enforcement authorities, reducing the number of born-alive abortions that go unreported.
- Penalizes the intentional killing of a born-alive child through fines or up to 5 years imprisonment.
- Gives the mother of the abortion survivor a civil cause of action against the abortionist and protection from prosecution, recognizing that women are the second victims of abortion and promoting the dignity of motherhood.