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house Bill H.R. 3504

Punishing Health Care Providers Who Don't Try to Save Infants that Survive Abortions

Argument in favor

Health care providers who don't try to save infants that survive abortions are cruel. This bill would ensure that their murderous actions are punished.

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04/29/2016
It's disgusting that we even have to talk about this
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operaman's Opinion
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09/17/2015
It's life. Health providers has the obligation to save child.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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11/02/2015
Abortion is terrible enough, but when insurance companies insure the death of the innocent infant, they are part of the murder.
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Argument opposed

Partisan politics and fear mongering, rather than legitimate legal or medical needs, are the motivation behind this bill.

Shesrebecca's Opinion
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09/18/2015
This is a fear mothering campaign based on something that exists only in the minds of politicians, not physicians. This issue does not exist in reality.
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John's Opinion
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09/18/2015
STOP WASTING OUR TIME AND MONEY TRYING TO LEGITIMIZE YOUR RELIGIOUS VALUES AS A MORAL ABSOLUTE. I can not stress enough at how over it I am at these deceitful tactic's being employed to make up and even rewrite facts in order 'win' public support for such none sense trash such as this. Just stop it!!!!
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09/19/2015
I am SO angry at the entire Planned Parenthood kerfluffle that I hope they shut the government down & lose the 2016 elections badly so that we finally have some grow ups in congress instead of petulant kindergarteners! Get a grip! It has been legal for women to get abortions since the 1970's. Whether it is legal or not legal, women get abortions. This current spectacle has nothing to do with anything but fear mongering, hatred of women & generally being unable to pass any wall without peeing on it. I am disgusted & will never ever vote for another conservative as long as I live! ***i know my response sounds like I don't care about innocent babies. I do care & of course every attempt should be made to save a viable human life! Period. Nevertheless, this sounds like a witch hunt bill! which pisses me off royally. I have yet to see any concern for a sick living child with NO healthcare or inadequate food or a poor child without access to a decent education. The hypocrisy is so maddening that I despise those who stand in judgment of women who have to cope with the punitive lack of social services and stand for family values while they screw every woman on their staff who can't get away from them! Shame on all of you!!!
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed September 18th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 248 Yea / 177 Nay
      house Committees
      Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedSeptember 15th, 2015

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What is House Bill H.R. 3504?

This bill requires health care providers to give "reasonably diligent and conscientious care" to an infant born alive following an attempted abortion. Providers would have to take the appropriate steps to save the life of an infant given its age and health, and immediately transport and admit it to a hospital. 

If a health care provider, or employee of a physician’s office, hospital, or abortion clinic knows about a failure to comply with these requirements, they are legally responsible for reporting the incident to a state or federal law enforcement agency.

Failing to comply with this bill could result in fines or up to five years in prison. If a person's actions actively lead to the death of a born alive infant, they could be tried for murder. The mother of the child that is born alive could not be prosecuted under this legislation, as it only applies to health care providers.

Women who give birth to born alive infants can file civil suits against health care providers. Legal awards could include:

The loser of the civil suit would be required to pay the attorney’s fees of the victor.

Impact

Women seeking abortions, born alive infants, health care providers, and federal and state law enforcement.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3504

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

Of NoteIn mid-July, 2015, the national debate on abortion was reignited after undercover videos shot by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) were released. The videos claim to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of the organs and tissue of aborted fetuses. In some of these cases, the abortions were done in a way to keep the infant alive long enough to extract the organs and tissue. And in the past, Planned Parenthood its representatives have been accused of failing to speak out against the killing of infants that survive an attempted abortion. CMP claims that the: 
"criminal conspiracy to make money off of aborted baby parts reaches to the very highest levels of their organization. Elected officials must listen to the public outcry for Planned Parenthood to be held accountable to the law and for our tax dollars to stop underwriting this barbaric abortion business.”

Planned Parenthood contends that if offers a wide range of services, and further countered that tissue donations for scientific research do happen, but that reimbursements are only for their expenses.  From CNN: The group also says it helps people donate tissue "with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest  ethical and legal standards," according to a statement from spokesman Eric Ferrero. Later, Ferrero issued another statement saying:

"These outrageous claims are flat-out untrue, but that doesn't matter to politicians with a longstanding political agenda to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood. Women and families who make the decision to donate fetal tissue for lifesaving scientific research should be honored, not attacked and demeaned."

With the budget deadline set for September 30, 2015, both sides of the aisle are fighting over whether or not to keep Planned Parenthood on federal funds. This bill is part of a plan by Republican leadership: 

"to mollify conservatives... [and] allow lawmakers to weigh in on the divisive issue without risking a high-stakes showdown over government funding."

In-Depth: This bill currently has 82 cosponsors in the House of Representatives, including one Democrat.


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AKA

Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Official Title

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.

    It's disgusting that we even have to talk about this
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    This is a fear mothering campaign based on something that exists only in the minds of politicians, not physicians. This issue does not exist in reality.
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    STOP WASTING OUR TIME AND MONEY TRYING TO LEGITIMIZE YOUR RELIGIOUS VALUES AS A MORAL ABSOLUTE. I can not stress enough at how over it I am at these deceitful tactic's being employed to make up and even rewrite facts in order 'win' public support for such none sense trash such as this. Just stop it!!!!
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    I am SO angry at the entire Planned Parenthood kerfluffle that I hope they shut the government down & lose the 2016 elections badly so that we finally have some grow ups in congress instead of petulant kindergarteners! Get a grip! It has been legal for women to get abortions since the 1970's. Whether it is legal or not legal, women get abortions. This current spectacle has nothing to do with anything but fear mongering, hatred of women & generally being unable to pass any wall without peeing on it. I am disgusted & will never ever vote for another conservative as long as I live! ***i know my response sounds like I don't care about innocent babies. I do care & of course every attempt should be made to save a viable human life! Period. Nevertheless, this sounds like a witch hunt bill! which pisses me off royally. I have yet to see any concern for a sick living child with NO healthcare or inadequate food or a poor child without access to a decent education. The hypocrisy is so maddening that I despise those who stand in judgment of women who have to cope with the punitive lack of social services and stand for family values while they screw every woman on their staff who can't get away from them! Shame on all of you!!!
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    It's life. Health providers has the obligation to save child.
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    If you voted yea, then you can care for the child yourself.
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    And who will raise it and care for it? Once it's born it doesn't just get a job and pay taxes. Fear mongering designed to rile up the Christians over nothing
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    Abortion is terrible enough, but when insurance companies insure the death of the innocent infant, they are part of the murder.
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    This issue does not exist. It's fear mongering by uneducated lawmakers.
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    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭127:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) Please don't quibble over the various stages of an unborn child's development! LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION. Infants that survive an abortion simply MUST BE KEPT ALIVE IF AT ALL POSSIBLE! Health care providers who don't make an honest, determined effort to save such babies should be prosecuted. If they deliberately end a born-alive baby's life, they should be tried for murder.
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    Where is our humanity?
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    This is ridiculous. I can't believe there is a vote about whether murder should be punished or not.
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    What kind of doctor doesn't do that? But yes it should be punishable by law to not provide care to any child.
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    Absolutely. To do otherwise is murder.
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    Babies that survive abortions deserve to survive. The countless stories I have heard of people surviving abortions, are now productive members in society. The baby should be put up for adoption if the mother doesn't want the baby.
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    Congress (and States) should stop interfering in women's rights to abortions. This bill "fixes" a non-existent problem. Congress should deal with real problems such as income inequality.
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    If it were a grown person, you would prosecute them for malpractice or even murder, correct? Once the child is out of the womb, it's officially born. There should be no question in the minds of a physician whether they will try to save them now. I can't judge whether abortion is wrong or not, but letting someone die when you have the power to save them is just plain wrong.
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    Just ask those few individuals that have miraculously survived botched abortions - whether they are glad they are alive! The answer is, "YES!" Abortion is murder! Yes, you control YOUR BODY. You don't have the right to kill the BABY's BODY!
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    This is obvious. Of course live babies should receive care
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    this is unlikely in the extreme to even occur
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