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21-684.


21-684.
   
   A. Any physician who knowingly performs a partial-birth abortion and
   thereby kills a human fetus shall be fined Ten Thousand Dollars
   ($10,000.00), or imprisoned in the State Penitentiary for a period of
   not more than two (2) years, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
   This subsection shall not apply to a partial-birth abortion that is
   necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a
   physical disorder, illness or injury.
   
   B. Definitions. As used in this section:
   
   1. "Partial-birth abortion" means an abortion in which the person
   performing the abortion partially vaginally delivers a living fetus
   before killing the fetus and completing the delivery.
   
   2. "Physician" means a doctor of medicine or osteopathy legally
   authorized to practice medicine and surgery by the state, or any other
   individual legally authorized by the state to perform abortions;
   provided, however, that any individual who is not a physician or not
   otherwise legally authorized by the state to perform abortions, but
   who nevertheless directly performs a partial-birth abortion, shall be
   subject to the provisions of this section.
   
   3. "Vaginally delivers a living fetus before killing the fetus" means
   deliberately and intentionally delivers into the vagina a living fetus
   or a substantial portion thereof, for the purpose of performing a
   procedure the physician knows will kill the fetus, and kills the
   fetus.
   
   C. Civil Action:
   
   1. The father, if married to the mother at the time she receives a
   partial-birth abortion procedure, and if the mother has not attained
   the age of eighteen (18) years at the time of the abortion, the
   maternal grandparents of the fetus, may in a civil action obtain
   appropriate relief, unless the pregnancy resulted from the plaintiff's
   criminal conduct or the plaintiff consented to the abortion.
   
   2. Such relief shall include money damages for all injuries,
   psychological and physical, occasioned by the violation of this
   section, and statutory damages equal to three times the cost of the
   partial-birth abortion.
   
   D. Review by State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision:
   
   1. A defendant accused of an offense under this section may seek a
   hearing before the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision on
   whether the physician's conduct was necessary to save the life of the
   mother whose life was endangered by a physical disorder, illness or
   injury.
   
   2. The findings on that issue are admissible at the trial of the
   defendant. Upon a motion of the defendant, the court shall delay the
   beginning of the trial for not more than thirty (30) days to permit
   such a hearing to take place.
   
   E. A woman upon whom a partial-birth abortion is performed may not be
   prosecuted under this section or for a conspiracy to violate this
   section.
   

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