Alaska Abortion Procedures; Child Surrender Bill (SB 124)
This law was last updated on Jan 17, 2018
SB 124 would require physicians performing or inducing an abortion to use the method of termination that provides the best opportunity for the fetus to survive after it is removed from the pregnant person’s womb if, such method does not present a serious health risk to the pregnant person.
If the fetus is removed from a pregnant person’s womb alive, any health-care practitioner present would be required to exercise the same “degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to a child born alive at the same fetal age in the course of a natural birth.”
The bill defines “alive” to mean:
“[…]that a child, after birth or removal from a pregnant woman’s womb, has spontaneous respiratory or cardiac function or pulsation of the umbilical cord, regardless of whether the umbilical cord has been cut.”
If a child is removed from a womb alive, the child’s parent may surrender the child to the physician or an employee of the hospital or facility where the abortion is performed. The person to whom the child is surrendered would be required to notify the Department of Health and Social Services.
The bill would amend Alaska law regarding children in need of aid to include a child removed from a womb alive during an abortion and a parent of the child is unwilling or unable to care for the child.
Companion bill to HB 266.