2010 Tennessee Code
Title 39 - Criminal Offenses
Chapter 15 - Offenses Against the Family
Part 2 - Abortion
39-15-206 - Rights to medical treatment of infant prematurely born alive during abortion Penalty for violation Limitation on wrongful death action.
39-15-206. Rights to medical treatment of infant prematurely born alive during abortion Penalty for violation Limitation on wrongful death action.
(a) The rights to medical treatment of an infant prematurely born alive in the course of an abortion are the same as the rights of an infant of similar medical status prematurely born spontaneously. Any person who performs or induces an abortion of an infant shall exercise that degree of professional skill, care, and diligence in accordance with good medical practice necessary to preserve the life and health of an infant prematurely born alive in the course of an abortion, except that if it can be determined, through amniocentesis or medical observation, that the fetus is severely malformed, the use of extraneous life support measures need not be attempted.
(b) Any person who violates this section commits a Class E felony.
(c) No cause of action for wrongful death shall be brought which arises out of the death of a fetus or infant during the course of a lawful abortion, whether the fetus or infant is quick or not, so long as the abortion is performed in accordance with the provisions of this part; however, once an infant is born alive, any person in attendance shall be civilly responsible for providing all reasonable and necessary care reasonable under the circumstances in the general vicinity in which the person in attendance practices.
[Acts 1989, ch. 591, § 1.]
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