Saturday, April 23, 2005

Born-Alive Infant Protection Act

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration said Friday that it would enforce a nearly 3-year-old federal law that requires doctors to attempt to keep alive a fetus that survives an abortion.

In making the announcement, the Department of Health and Human Services Department said it was an attempt to educate the public about the little-known law. Officials said they didn't know how often a fetus survives an abortion and would not say whether there have been any complaints about a lack of enforcement.

"As a matter of law and policy, the (department) will investigate all circumstances where individuals and entities are reported to be withholding medical care from an infant born alive in potential violation of federal statutes for which we are responsible," HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a statement.

"We will also take proactive steps to educate state officials, health care providers, hospitals and child protection agencies about their obligation to born-alive infants under federal law," Leavitt said.

The Born-Alive Infant Protection Act of 2002 amends the legal definitions of "person," "human being," "child" and "individual" to include any fetus that survives an abortion procedure.

Again, I'll probably get some flack for my stance on this. It is a good law. And it should be enforced. Yes, women should have the right to choose, I have no problem with that, except for late term abortions, I do have problms with those. But, if the fetus is alive after the abortion, it is no longer a fetus, it is a person and should be afforded all the rights of any other person in this country.

I don't care which side of the abortion issue you stand on, if the child is breathing, IT IS NOT a fetus.