Newhouse Votes to Protect Abortion Survivors

January 19, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) voted today to support passage of legislation he co-sponsored, H.R. 4712, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

In remarks delivered on the House floor, Rep. Newhouse stated that the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act “would ensure that children who survive an abortion – or attempted abortion – are given proper medical treatment. I am proud to cosponsor this bill to ensure that babies born alive are transported and admitted to a hospital immediately following emergency care. As a Christian and a father of two, I hold maintaining the sanctity of life as my highest priority. The House of Representatives voted to pass this legislation in the 114th Congress, but it was met with an unresponsive Senate. I will vote again to support this bill to hold healthcare providers accountable, protect and empower mothers, and help ensure that these innocent children are provided the same medical care that any other newborn would receive. I remain hopeful that, this time around, we can send this important legislation to the President’s desk to be signed into law.”

Click here to WATCH Newhouse speak in support of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Key provisions of H.R. 4712, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act:

  • Requires medical care for children born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion
  • Amends criminal law so that when an abortion or attempted abortion results in a child born alive, health care practitioners must:
    • Exercise the same degree of care to preserve the life and health of the child as reasonably provided to any other child born alive at the same gestational age
    • Ensure that such child is immediately admitted to a hospital
  • Healthcare practitioners or employees with knowledge of any failure to provide medical care must report it to law enforcement
  • Any violation of the life preservation or reporting provisions in the bill can be punished by up to 5 years in prison, a criminal fine, or both
  • If an individual intentionally performs or attempts to perform an overt act that kills a child born alive that person is subject to prosecution for murder
  • The bill also protects the mother of any child born alive from prosecution and provides the mother with a civil cause of action against an individual violating the bill’s requirements
  • Identical legislation passed the House in the 114th Congress on a bipartisan basis by a 248 to 177 vote

Click here to view the bill text.