1782.32 Definitions

As used in this act, the term:

(1) "Partially born" means the living fetus's intact body, with the entire head attached, is presented so that:

(a) There has been delivered past the mother's vaginal opening:

1. The fetus's entire head, in the case of a cephalic presentation, up until the point of complete separation from the mother whether or not the placenta has been delivered or the umbilical cord has been severed; or

2. Any portion of the fetus's torso above the navel, in the case of a breech presentation, up until the point of complete separation from the mother whether or not the placenta has been delivered or the umbilical cord has been severed.

(b) There has been delivered outside the mother's abdominal wall:

1. The fetus's entire head, in the case of a cephalic presentation, up until the point of complete separation from the mother whether or not the placenta has been delivered or the umbilical cord has been severed; or

2. Any portion of the child's torso above the navel, in the case of a breech presentation, up until the point of complete separation from the mother whether or not the placenta has been delivered or the umbilical cord has been severed.

(2) "Living fetus" means any unborn member of the human species who has a heartbeat or discernible spontaneous movement.

(3) "Suction or sharp curettage abortion" means an abortion, as defined in chapter 390, in which the developing fetus and the products of conception are evacuated from the uterus through a suction cannula with an attached vacuum apparatus or with a sharp curette.

History.--s. 2, ch. 2000-142.

Note.--Section 5, ch. 2000-142, provides that "[t]his act shall be liberally construed to effectively carry out its purposes. In the event of conflict between this act and any other provision of law, the provisions of this act shall govern."