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H.R. 1192 – Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act

H.R. 1192, the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act, would amend the federal code to protect unborn babies from being aborted "through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments that, through the convergence of two rigid levers, slice, crush or grasp a portion of the unborn child’s body in order to cut or rip it off or crush it."

Under the measure, an abortionist who performs a dismemberment abortion could be fined and/or imprisoned for up to two years. A woman upon whom a dismemberment abortion is performed or the parents of a minor upon whom a dismemberment abortion is performed would also be allowed to bring a civil lawsuit against the offending abortionist.


The complete text of H.R. 1192 may be found at


H.R. 1192 was introduced by Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-4). A list of the bill’s co-sponsors is available at


2-16-17 H.R. 1192 introduced in the House of Representatives and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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