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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Donovan, House Vote to Protect Life

January 19, 2018
Press Release
Legislation enhances protections and solidifies rights of babies born alive after failed abortion attempts

Washington, DC – January 19, 2018….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) today voted to support the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act to give all babies a fighting chance at life. The legislation requires that health care practitioners provide medical care to any infant that survives an abortion procedure or attempted abortion.

Congressman Donovan said, “This bill defends innocent babies by simply requiring medical physicians to provide the same standard of care to all children, no matter the situation surrounding their birth. Against all odds, some infants survive abortion procedures, and I think we can agree that any living, breathing baby deserves a chance to live the life they were given. This isn’t about politics or ideological differences. It’s about humanity and compassion.” 

The bill states that medical professionals present during the birth of a living child following an abortion procedure must “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.”

Medical professionals who fail to follow these standards will face criminal proceedings, imprisonment, and fines. Additionally, the bill makes clear that no mother will be held liable or prosecuted for violations of the law. 

The passage of today’s legislation follows the annual March for Life rally, which brings together thousands of Americans advocating for the sanctity of life.