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Alabama Bill Regarding Duty of Care Owed to Babies Born Alive After Failed Abortion (HB 491)

This law was last updated on Jun 21, 2019


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Alabama

Number

HB 491

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Apr 23, 2019

Topics

Later Abortion

Full Bill Text

alisondb.legislature.state.al.us

HB 491 would require a physician to exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of a child born alive after an attempted abortion as they would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.

A physician who fails to provide the appropriate medical treatment to a child born alive after an abortion would be charged with a Class B felony—punishable by at least 20 years in prison and a fine of at least $100,000.

A person who has knowledge of failure by a physician to comply with this provision would be required to report it to the state attorney general.


Latest Action

4/23/19 – Introduced; referred to House Health Committee.

5/21/19 – Passed the House in a 66-18 vote.


People

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