The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act H.R. 962 has been introduced and says:
Introduced in House (02/05/2019) Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
This bill establishes requirements for the degree of care a health care practitioner must exercise in the event a child is born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion.
A health care practitioner who is present must (1) exercise the same degree of care as reasonably provided to another child born alive at the same gestational age, and (2) immediately admit the child to a hospital. The bill also requires a health care practitioner or other employee to immediately report any failure to comply with this requirement to law enforcement.
A person who violates the requirements is subject to criminal penalties—a fine, up to five years in prison, or both. Additionally, an individual who intentionally kills or attempts to kill a child born alive is subject to prosecution for murder. The bill bars the criminal prosecution of a mother of a child born alive for conspiracy to violate these provisions, for being an accessory after the fact, or for concealment of felony.
A woman who undergoes an abortion or attempted abortion may file a civil action for damages against an individual who violates this bill.
The USCCB has outlined guidelines for this action.
Thank you for any steps already taken with your diocese to urge Democratic House members in your state to sign the discharge petition and vote to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962). We appreciate your continued participation in this select group of diocesan pro-life leaders—due to where you live and work, you have an irreplaceable role in protecting the rights of babies born alive after abortion.
On April 29, we followed up with materials to assist you, including an action calendar of which tasks you can complete, and when!
One of those tasks was to reach out to parishes today, May 7, with information about coordinating an advocacy day during one of the targeted weekends of this effort (you can choose the weekend of May 25, June 1, or June 8).
All of these materials will continue to be available on our leadership page.
USCCB Resource Kit:
- Sample action calendar (suggestions of what to do, when)
- Sample note to parishes
- www.babiesbornalive.com (very simple webpage with links to action alert and more information—please promote this website wherever you can.)
- Texting option to contact our U.S. representative: Text ALIVE to 50457. (Standard messaging & data rates apply.)
- 15- and 30-second PSA audio clips (to send to your diocesan or local radio stations, or to use in your own videos, etc.)
- Graphics (to share on social media or include in bulletins and other advertising. The set with the website displayed is for online usage, like social media, and the set with the text-in keyword displayed is for printed materials.)
- Sample social media posts
- Bulletin announcements
- Fact sheet (to provide you, your volunteers, and the media with more background on the issue)
- Talking points
- Tips for writing letters to local newspapers
- Guide for a parish advocacy day
- Parish advocacy take-away slips
- Parish advocacy day pulpit announcements
- Lobbying guide