Family Research Council

As God is the Author of life, Family Research Council recognizes and respects the inherent dignity of every human life from conception until death. We work to pass federal and state legislation that highlights this principle, including laws that protect the unborn.

 

The maps below illustrate progress in the states on key pro-life laws. FRC educates policymakers, grassroots activists, and the general public about the benefits of such laws in building a culture of life – where every human life is valued as an intrinsic good, not something whose value is conditional upon its usefulness to others or to the state.

Born-Alive laws require that medical care be provided to infants born alive during an attempted abortion. In 2002, Congress passed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which clarified that infants who survive abortion are persons under the law but did not include any legal enforcement. In the ensuing years states have passed varying levels of born-alive protections to make up for the lack of federal enforceability.

 

Currently, 34 states have at least some born-alive protections. However, only 15 states have the three elements of strong born-alive protections, which are reflected in the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, currently pending in the House of Representatives (H.R.962) and the Senate (S.130):

a) a requirement that practitioners must exercise professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life of infants who survive abortion;

b) a health care requirement (providing for hospitalization of the surviving infant and/or requiring the presence of a second physician during the abortion); and

c) legal penalties for abortionists who do not comply.

 

At this moment, federal law and 35 states do not adequately protect the lives of infants who survive abortion.

 

Click on a state to see its born-alive protections.

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Most Americans would be shocked to discover that 22 states allow abortion on demand right up until the day of birth. (In 15 of these, nominal restrictions on abortion have a “mental health” exception that ends up being the exception that swallows the whole; in these states, abortionists can certify the mental health “medical necessity” of almost any abortion.)

 

Click on a colored state to see the legal authority for its "birth day abortion" policy.

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Abortion on-demand throughout pregnancy

Abortion on-demand throughout pregnancy(using a mental health exception which effectively allows almost all abortions)