Senate Republican Staff Analysis of SB1082


SENATE REPUBLICAN STAFF ANALYSIS

93rd General Assembly – Spring 2003

SENATE BILL NO.  1082

SPONSOR:  Winkel

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE             House: 

                                                                                                House Vote: 

STAFF:  Brock Willeford (524-1588)                              Administration Bill:  No

DATE:  3/10/03                                 REVISED:  3/13/03

Fiscal Impact or Mandate:  None

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“Born Alive Infant” definition and other protections

EFFECTIVE DATE:  Immediate

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COMMITTEE VOTE:  Do Pass As Amended

4-YES             6-NO               0-PRESENT

OBAMA, CH          N               RIGHTER, MS       Y
HUNTER, VC        N               Radogno                 Y
Crotty                       N               Syverson                 Y
Garrett                     N               Wojcik                     Y
Martinez
Ronen                      N
Schoenberg            N

(5 ILCS 70/1.36 new)

SYNOPSIS:  SB 1082 amends the Statute on Statutes to define “born alive infant”.

SB 1082 provides that interpreting any statute, rule, or regulation, the words “person”, “human being”, “child”, and “individual” include every infant member of the species homo sapiens who is born alive at any stage of development. SB 1082 provides that a live child born as a result of an abortion shall be fully recognized as a human person and accorded immediate protection under the law.

BACKGROUND:  SB 1082 is in response to instances at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn where abortions resulted in living infants who were then allowed to die without medical or comfort care.  Language similar to HB 1082 has passed the United States House of Representatives. 

SB 1662 (O’Malley/Winkel, 92nd GA) was identical legislation that passed the Senate 30-12-10 and died in the House Health Care Committee 2-8-0.

SB 1095 (O’Malley/Johnson, 92nd GA) was identical legislation that passed the Senate 35-5-13 and died in the House Civil Judiciary Committee 6-5-1. 

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SB 1082

STAFF ANALYSIS:  SB 1082 defines “born alive infant” with respect to a member of the species homo sapiens, means the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of that member, at any stage of development, who after that expulsion or extraction breathes or has a beating heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles, regardless of whether the umbilical cord has been cut and regardless of whether the expulsion or extraction occurs as a result of natural or induced labor, cesarean section, or induced abortion.

SB 1082 provides that a live child born as a result of an abortion shall be fully recognized as a human person and accorded immediate protection under the law.

SB 1082 provides that interpreting any statute, rule, or regulation, the words “person”, “human being”, “child”, and “individual” include every infant member of the species homo sapiens who is born alive at any stage of development. 

STAFF COMMENTS:   

Proponents Opponents
IL Citizens for Right to Life ACLU
Concerned Women of America NOW
Concerned Christian Americans IL Planned Parenthood
  IL Medical Society

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COMMITTEE ACTION:  On 3/13/03, SB 1082 failed on a “Do Pass As Amended” motion (Righter/Syverson) by a vote of 4-6-0.

CA #1 was adopted on a “Be Adopted” motion (Righter/Syverson) by an attendance roll call (10-0-0).

CA #1 (Winkel) to SB 1082 (Winkel) adds to the underlying bill.

Deletes language, which states that a live child born as a result of an abortion shall be fully recognized as a human person and accorded immediate protection under the law.

Inserts language, which states that nothing in the bill shall be construed to affirm, deny, expand, or contract any legal status or right applicable to any member of the homo sapien species at any point prior to being born alive as defined under this legislation.