Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Praises House Passage of Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

January 19, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC– Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) today voted in support of H.R. 4712, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which severely penalizes abortion practitioners who violate federal law by killing innocent children who are born during failed abortion procedures. The bill passed by a vote of 241-183.

“As we mark the 45th year of legalization of the termination of life, it is only right that we protect these children who are born alive during an abortion attempt,” said Rep. Pete Olson. “Under this bill, once a child survives this process, a doctor must take every step to protect the health and well-being of the child. The horrific atrocities committed by Kermit Gosnell are a powerful reminder of the importance of affording these children every healthcare protection. I applaud the House for acting and urge the Senate to do so as well.”

H.R. 4712 establishes requirements for health care practitioners to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion. Specifically, the bill:

  • Requires health care practitioners present at the time a child is born alive during an abortion or attempted abortion to exercise the same degree of care to preserve the life and health of the child as any health care practitioner would provide to a child born alive at the same gestational age;
  • Requires that children born alive during an abortion or attempted abortion be transported and admitted to a hospital immediately following the administration of emergency care;
  • Requires any health care practitioner, or employee of a hospital, physician’s office, or abortion clinic to immediately report violations of bill requirements to appropriate state or federal law enforcement agencies, or both;
  • Provides fines and/or imprisonment of not more than five years for violations of the requirements established by the bill, but in the case of an intentional killing of a child born alive, a violator can be charged with first degree murder;
  • Prevents the prosecution of women of children born alive for violations of bill requirements.


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