145.415 LIVE FETUS AFTER ABORTION, TREATMENT.
Subdivision 1. Recognition.
A potentially viable fetus which is live born following an
attempted abortion shall be fully recognized as a human person under the law.
Subd. 2. Medical care.
If an abortion of a potentially viable fetus results in a live birth, the
responsible medical personnel shall take all reasonable measures, in keeping with good medical
practice, to preserve the life and health of the live born person.
Subd. 3. Status.
(1) Unless the abortion is performed to save the life of the woman or child,
or, (2) unless one or both of the parents of the unborn child agrees within 30 days of the birth to
accept the parental rights and responsibilities for the child if it survives the abortion, whenever
an abortion of a potentially viable fetus results in a live birth, the child shall be an abandoned
ward of the state and the parents shall have no parental rights or obligations as if the parental
rights had been terminated pursuant to section
. The child shall be provided for pursuant
to chapter 256J.
History: 1974 c 177 s 5; 1999 c 139 art 4 s 2; 1999 c 159 s 26