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Public Act 094-0559




Public Act 094-0559
HB0984 Enrolled LRB094 04181 MKM 34205 b

    AN ACT concerning infants who are born alive.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Statute on Statutes is amended by adding
Section 1.36 as follows:
    (5 ILCS 70/1.36 new)
    Sec. 1.36. Born alive infant.
    (a) In determining the meaning of any statute or of any
rule, regulation, or interpretation of the various
administrative agencies of this State, the words "person",
"human being", "child", and "individual" shall include every
infant member of the species homo sapiens who is born alive at
any stage of development.
    (b) As used in this Section, 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.
    (c) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to affirm,
deny, expand, or contract any legal status or legal right
applicable to any member of the species homo sapiens at any
point prior to being born alive, as defined in this Section.
    (d) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to affect
existing federal or State law regarding abortion.
    (e) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to alter
generally accepted medical standards.

Effective Date: 1/1/2006