Time Range For Action Alert:April 10, 2019
Late-term abortions are very rare in this country – less than 1% of all abortions – but this bill is an attempt to deter and intimidate doctors from performing what may be a medical necessity for a woman.
- When abortions after the 24th week occur, it is usually because the fetus has been found to have a fatal condition such as severe malformation of the brain, or the mother’s life or health is at serious risk.
- In 2002, Congress passed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which already guarantees full legal rights to infants born at any stage of development.
- That bill did not include criminal penalties for doctors, but this bill seeks to impose civil and criminal penalties on physicians who perform abortions.
- This bill will directly interfere with a doctor’s judgment and could put women’s lives at greater risk. It is also opposed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.