H. B. 3126
(By Delegate Barker)
[Introduced March 22, 2005; referred to the
Committee on Health and Human Resources then the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated
, relating to
providing that when during the course of an abortion procedure
a fetus is aborted alive, all available medical means be
utilized to preserve its life; and prescribing criminal
penalties for violations of the section.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended
by adding thereto a new section, designated
, to read as
ARTICLE 42. WOMEN'S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE ACT.
§33-42-9. Requirement to preserve life when fetus aborted alive.
In cases in which, during the course of an abortion procedure,
a fetus is aborted alive, it is required that all available medical
means be utilized to preserve, promote and maintain its life. Any
person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a
felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than
one thousand nor more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned in
a correctional facility for not less than one nor more than three
years, or both fined and imprisoned. Nothing in this section may
be construed or interpreted to endorse, allow, permit, or approve
of any abortion.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to
provide that when,
during the course of an abortion procedure, a fetus is aborted
alive, that all available medical means be utilized to preserve its
The bill would make a violation of the section a felony.
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.