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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 9:06 pm 
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White House to Enforce Abortion-Fetus Law

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press Writer

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.

Those who meet the definition of "individual" are entitled to certain protections under federal law. In particular, hospitals can't refuse to treat them.

HHS spokesman Kevin Keane said the department's action was not politically motivated. He said Leavitt had been asked about the issue at his confirmation hearing.

The National Right to Life Committee welcomed the department's move.

"The 2002 law and today's actions by the agency were both badly needed, because there are those in our society who have convinced themselves that some newborn infants — particularly those born alive during abortions, or with handicaps — are not really legal persons," said Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the group.

A spokesman for NARAL Pro-Choice America said the group had no comment and that it did not oppose the 2002 legislation because it did not impede on a woman's right to have an abortion.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u ... tion_fetus

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Interesting article, Eva. I wonder how that law reads as to what happens to the infant when and if it survives the abortion procedure. Are the parents responsible for it at this juncture? If not, who is?

Is this just one more step closer to the abortion rights of women being taken away?

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Good point Catherine, who is responsible for the fetus? I was also thinking about who is going to pay for the medical expenses of keeping these fetuses alive. Also, if the fetus should live I'm sure they will have many health issues, ones that they could possibly have for the rest of their lives. Who will be responsible for those costs?

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The Neocons don't have an exit strategy for the invasion of Iraq, so I guess it's too much to ask that they also think outside the box on this issue, Eva.

Perhaps some Christian Neocons will come forward and volunteer to be responsible for the care and well-being of these children. :wink:

Don't hold your breath....

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I think the only plan that the neocons have is that they plan to use our taxpaying dollars to foot the expense of keeping these fetuses alive. If these "children" do survive and end up having lifelong health issues then it will be our taxpaying dollars that will probably be paying for those medical expenses too.

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You're probably right. Now here's a thought...they grow up, become a pet cause of some saavy lawyer, and they sue the government for forcing them to exist in a (possibly) crippled, brain-damaged, or vegetative state.

It has the makings of a good sci-fi movie, anyway. :wink:

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