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4/24/2014 10:23:00 AM
Senate to vote on fetal homicide bill
Associated Press


CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Senate is voting whether to treat a fetus who dies in a homicide as a person, even if the mother lives.

The Senate is taking up a House bill Thursday that would instead let judges hand out stiffer sentences if the woman is pregnant when she dies. Opponents argue the fetus' death should be a crime if the mother lives. A Senate committee is recommending treating an 8-week-old fetus as a person.

The House has already rejected the same proposal.

State Rep. Leon Rideout filed the bill after his daughter lost her baby in a traffic accident.

Under current law, if an assault results in a miscarriage or stillbirth and the mother survives, a judge can sentence the assailant to up to 15 years in prison.



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