Special Rules

Dr. William Frist, MD and Rick Santorum, both pro-life Senators:

"(2) SPECIAL RULES- In an action brought under this section for damages the following provisions shall apply:

`(A) PUNITIVE DAMAGES- No punitive damages intended to punish or deter, exemplary damages, or other damages not intended to compensate a plaintiff for actual losses may be awarded, nor shall any party be liable for interest prior to the judgment.


`(i) IN GENERAL- Noneconomic damages may be awarded in an amount not to exceed $250,000 against a defendant only in an amount directly proportional to the percentage of responsibility of such defendant for the harm to the plaintiff, and no plaintiff may recover noneconomic damages unless the plaintiff suffered physical harm.

`(ii) DEFINITION- For purposes of clause (i), the term `noneconomic damages' means damages for losses for physical and emotional pain, suffering, inconvenience, physical impairment, mental anguish, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of society and companionship, loss of consortium, hedonic damages, injury to reputation, and any other nonpecuniary losses.

`(3) COLLATERAL SOURCES- Any recovery by a plaintiff in an action under this section shall be reduced by the amount of collateral source compensation, if any, that the plaintiff has received or is entitled to receive that result or may result in loss to the manufacturer, distributor, or health care provider."

You cause harm before birth, you get the books thrown at you; if it's too expensive to find alternative to possibly avoiding causing harm after birth, you're protected from litigation.