Kentucky ‘Born Alive Infant Protection Act’ (SB 227)
This law was last updated on Apr 16, 2019
SB 227 would require health-care providers to give medically appropriate and reasonable life-saving and life-sustaining medical care and treatment to all born alive infants.
The bill would prohibit a person from denying an infant of:
- Nourishment with the intent to cause or allow the death of the infant for any reason; or
- Medically appropriate and reasonable medical care, medical treatment, or surgical care.
The bill would require a physician performing an abortion to take all medically appropriate and reasonable steps to preserve the life and health of a born alive infant.
If an abortion performed in a hospital results in a live birth, the physician would need to provide immediate medical care to the infant, inform the pregnant person of the live birth, and request transfer of the infant to an on-duty resident or emergency care physician.
If an abortion performed in a medical facility other than a hospital results in a live birth, the physician would need to provide immediate medical care to the infant and call 911 for an emergency transfer of the infant to a hospital.
The bill would prohibit a person fro using any born alive infant for any type of scientific research or other kind of experimentation except as necessary to protect or preserve the life and health of the born alive infant.
The bill would make it a Class D felony—punishable by one to five years in prison—for any health-care professional who fails to provide care.
2/15/19 – Introduced.
2/28/19 – Passed the Senate by a 32-0 vote.