Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Feb 17, 2023 / 12:50 pm
A Democrat-controlled Virginia Senate committee shot down a House-passed bill that would have required doctors to render medical care to an infant who is born alive after an abortion attempt, which prevents the legislation from moving forward.
The legislation, sponsored by Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, would have required any health care provider who performs or assists in an attempted abortion in which the infant is born alive to provide the “same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence” to preserve the life that they would to any other child born at the same gestational age. It would also require health care professionals to “ensure the immediate transfer of the infant … to a hospital for further medical care.”
The proposed bill would have also compelled hospitals to establish a protocol for the treatment and care of infants born alive after an attempted abortion. It would also have required a protocol for reporting violations to law enforcement.
If a health care provider violated the law, he or she would have been guilty of a Class 4 felony, which would have carried a penalty of prison time between two and 10 years and a fine of up to $100,000. The health care provider could have also been subject to disciplinary action by the Virginia Board of Medicine.