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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Saturday, April 23, 2005

DHHS Promises Renewed Emphasis on Failed Abortions

Robert Pear in today's N.Y. Times reports that DHHS Secretary Michael Leavitt yesterday

told doctors and hospitals on Friday that they must make every effort to save the lives of premature babies born after failed abortions.

The administration's directive said such efforts were required by a 2002 law known as the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act [P.L. 107-207]. Michael O. Leavitt, the secretary of health and human services, said the federal government would "aggressively enforce" the law.

The legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee hailed the announcement, while there was no comment from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the AMA, NARAL Pro-Choice America, or the Center for Reproductive Rights[tm]

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