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NEW YORK CITY (NBCAL-July 24, 2002)

The National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life praises the Bill to protect infants born alive. The United States Senate gave final congressional approval July 18, 2002 to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act; it will now be presented to President George W. Bush, who is expected to sign the legislation.

The Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which was approved by unanimous consent in the Senate, would guarantee certain rights under federal law to children born alive, even if it occurs during an abortion. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the legislation by a voice vote in March 2002.

"…The term born alive, with respect to a member of the species homo sapiens, means the complete expulsion or extraction from his or her mother of that member, at any stage of development, who after such 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."

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