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      RS 14:87.5     

  

§87.5.  Intentional failure to sustain life and health of aborted viable infant

The intentional failure to sustain the life and health of an aborted viable infant shall be a crime.  The intentional failure to sustain the life and health of an aborted viable infant is the intentional failure, by any physician or person performing or inducing an abortion, to exercise that degree of professional care and diligence, and to perform such measures as constitute good medical practice, necessary to sustain the life and health of an aborted viable infant, when the death of the infant results.  For purposes of this Section, "viable" means that stage of fetal development when the life of the unborn child may be continued indefinitely outside the womb by natural or artificial life-supporting systems.  Any person who commits the crime of intentional failure to sustain the life and health of an aborted viable infant shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not more than twenty-one years.  

Added by Acts 1977, No. 406, §1.  



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