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Rhode Island Bill Regarding Partial Birth Abortions (H 7854)

This law was last updated on Dec 2, 2015


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Rhode Island

Number

H 7854

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Mar 4, 2014

Sponsors

Primary Sponsors: 5
Total Sponsors: 5

Topics

Partial Birth Abortion Bans

Full Bill Text

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H 7854 would revise current definitions and penalties pertaining to partial-birth abortions and make performing a partial-birth abortion by a physician a felony.

Partial-birth abortion in Rhode Island is currently defined as:

“An abortion in which the person performing the abortion vaginally delivers a living human fetus before killing the infant and completing the delivery.”

H 7854 would redefine partial-birth abortion to include:

“An abortion in which the person performing the abortion deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living fetus until, in the case of a head-first presentation, the entire fetal head is outside the body of the mother, or, in the case of breech presentation, any part of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the body of the mother, for the purpose of performing an overt act that the person knows will kill the partially delivered living fetus.”

Partial-birth abortions would also include and abortion in which the person performing the abortion,

“Performs the overt act, other than completion of delivery, that kills the partially delivered living fetus.”

Under H 7854, any physician who knowingly performs a partial-birth abortion and thereby kills a human fetus, would be guilty of a felony.

Professionally licensed offenders may face a civil fine up to $25,000 for the first violation, up to $50,000 for the second violation, up to $100,000 for the third violation, and an additional fine up to $100,000 for each subsequent violation. In addition, his or her license would be subject to suspension or revocation.

A partial-birth abortion would not be prohibited if it was performed in order to save the life of the mother.

STATUS

Companion bill to S 2563.

Similar to H 5334 and S 623, both of which failed to pass the previous year.


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