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HB15-1112: Born-alive Infant Protection Act

Reproductive Freedom | Women’s Rights
Bill Number: HB15-1112
Year: 2015
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: Landgraf


The bill prohibits a person from denying or depriving an infant of nourishment with the intent to cause or allow the death of the infant for any reason. A person is prohibited from depriving an infant of medically appropriate and reasonable medical care or treatment unless the medical care:
• Is not necessary to save the life of the infant;
• Has a potential risk to the infant’s life or health that outweighs the potential benefit of the medical care; or
• Is treatment that will do no more than temporarily prolong the act of dying when death is imminent.

The bill requires a physician performing an abortion to take all medically appropriate and reasonable steps to preserve the life of a born-alive infant. A person is prohibited from using a born-alive infant for any type of scientific research or other kind of experimentation unless it is necessary to protect or preserve the life and health of a born-alive infant.

The bill prohibits infanticide.

The bill provides that a born-alive infant is a legal person under the law with the same rights to medically appropriate and legal care and treatment.

Current Status:

03/03/2015 - House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely
01/15/2015 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services + Appropriations

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