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SA 3497. Mr. ALLARD submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 3963, to amend title XXI of the Social Security Act to extend and improve the Children's Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the end of subtitle B of title I, add the following:
SEC. 117. TREATMENT OF UNBORN CHILDREN.
(a) Codification of Current Regulations.--Section 2110(c)(1) (42 U.S.C. 1397jj(c)(1)) is amended by striking the period at the end and inserting the following: ``, and includes, at the option of a State, an unborn child. For purposes of the previous sentence, the term `unborn child' means a member of the species Homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.''.
(b) Clarifications Regarding Coverage of Mothers.--Section 2103 (42 U.S.C. 1397cc) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
``(g) Clarifications Regarding Authority to Provide Postpartum Services and Maternal Health Care.--Any State that provides child health assistance to an unborn child under the option described in section 2110(c)(1) may continue to provide such assistance to the mother, as well as postpartum services, through the end of the month in which the 60-day period (beginning on the last day of pregnancy) ends, in the same manner as such assistance and postpartum services would be provided if
provided under the State plan under title XIX, but only if the mother would otherwise satisfy the eligibility requirements that apply under the State child health plan (other than with respect to age) during such period.''.


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Nov 1, 2007.)