House Bill 3106 History
H. B. 3106
(By Delegate Cowles)
[Introduced March 12, 2009; referred to the
Committee on Health and Human Resources then the Judiciary.]
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto two new sections, designated §33-42-10 and
§33-42-11, all relating to the care of aborted fetuses;
requiring medical facilities that provide abortions to
administer anesthesia to an unborn fetus when aborted if it is
older than seven weeks; requiring all available medical means
to be used to preserve the life of a fetus if it is alive when
aborted; and providing criminal penalties for violations.
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended
by adding thereto two new sections, designated §33-42-10 and
§33-42-11, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 42. WOMEN'S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE ACT.
§33-42-10. Requirement that certain medical facilities provide
anesthesia to unborn babies who are aborted, when older than seven weeks.
(a) When a facility provides abortions, it is responsible for
ensuring that anesthesia is administered to an unborn fetus who is
aborted if it is older than seven weeks. The kind of anesthesia
used, and the method of administering the anesthesia, shall conform
to medical standards used in fetal surgery.
(b) Any facility or person violating the requirements of this
section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof,
shall be fined not less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000 and, if an
individual, confined in jail no less than six months nor more than
one year, or both fined and confined.
(c) Nothing contained in this section endorses, allows,
permits or approves of any abortion.
§33-42-11. Requirement to preserve life when fetus aborted alive.
(a) In cases in which, during the course of an abortion
procedure, a fetus is aborted alive, the facility in which the
abortion is performed and all individuals directly involved in
performing the abortion shall use all available medical means to
preserve, promote and maintain the life of the fetus.
(b) Any person who violates the provisions of this section is
guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not
less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000 or imprisoned in a state
correctional facility for not less than one nor more than three
years, or both fined and imprisoned.
(c) Nothing in this section endorses, allows, permits or
approves of any abortion.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require medical
facilities that provide abortions to administer anesthesia to an
unborn fetus when aborted, if it is older than seven weeks. It
also provides that when, during the course of an abortion
procedure, a fetus is aborted alive, all available medical means
must be used to preserve its life. The bill provides criminal
penalties for violations.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would