Bipartisan Senate passes Born-Alive Infants
Protection Act package
SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, March 30, 2001 (RFM
NEWS)--On Friday, the Illinois Senate voted to pass a package of bills,
titled "The Born-Alive Infants Protection Act," sponsored by
State Senator Patrick O'Malley (R-18).
Senate Bills 1093, 1094 and 1095 provide medical
alternatives to cases in Illinois when aborted infants have been born
alive and not provided any type of medical assessments and/or care.
Senate Bill 1093 would require a separate
physician, who is not involved in an abortion, to be on hand in the event
an abortion might result in a live birth, for that doctor to make an
independent evaluation of the viability of the infant and to provide
medical care if required.
Senate Bill 1094 creates a cause of action in the
event an induced labor abortion results in a live birth and the doctor or
health care provider harms or neglects the infant or fails to provide
proper medical care to the child after its birth.
Senate Bill 1095 defines a "born-alive
infant" to include every infant member of the homo sapiens species
who is born alive at any stage of his/her development.
Senate Democrat Barack Obama from Chicago's 13th
District claimed the constitutionality of such legislation might
eventually be challenged, convincing a number of other Democrats to either
vote present or vote against the three bills.
A similar bill was overwhelmingly passed by the
U.S. House of Representatives, with only 15 dissenters, including Rep.
Jesse Jackson of Chicago.
Illinois Senate Minority Leader Emil Jones could
not be reached for comment concerning the number of Democrats that voted
against the legislation which has vast public support.
O'Malley told RFM NEWS, "My legislation asks
that a live child born as a result of an abortion be fully recognized as a
human person and afforded equal protection under the law."