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Wisconsin Born Alive Requirements Bill (AB 179)

This law was last updated on Aug 28, 2019


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Wisconsin

Number

AB 179

Status

Vetoed

Proposed

Apr 18, 2019

Topics

Later Abortion

Full Bill Text

docs.legis.wisconsin.gov

AB 179 would require any health-care provider present at the time an abortion or attempted abortion results in a child born alive to exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as they would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. The health-care provider would also be required to ensure that the child born alive is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.

Any person who fails to provide the appropriate degree of care or ensure the child is transferred to a hospital would be guilty of a class H felony—punishable by up to six years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

The bill would also make intentionally causing the death of a child born alive as a result of an abortion or an attempted abortion a class A felony—punishable by life imprisonment.

Reporting Requirements

A health-care provider or an employee of a facility where abortions are performed who has knowledge of a failure to comply with the requirements of the bill would be required to immediately report the failure to an appropriate law enforcement agency.


Related Legislation

Companion bill to SB 175.


Latest Action

4/18/19 – Introduced; referred to House Health Committee.

5/15/19 – Passed the House in a 62-35 vote.

6/5/19 – Passed the Senate in an 18-14 vote.

6/21/19 – Vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.


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