NewsPublic Affairs / March 6, 2018

Expanded Feticide Bill Heads To Governor's Desk

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Legislation headed to the governor would allow prosecutors to seek a murder charge against someone who attacks a woman and causes the death of her fetus. - Brandon Smith/IPB News

Legislation headed to the governor would allow prosecutors to seek a murder charge against someone who attacks a woman and causes the death of her fetus.

Brandon Smith/IPB News

Legislation headed to the governor would allow prosecutors to seek a murder charge against someone who attacks a woman and causes the death of her fetus.

Current law allows such charges if the fetus is viable. The legislation eliminates the need for viability.

READ MORE: Senate Committee Approves Bill To Expand Feticide Law

And that change in law has some anti-abortion groups cheering. They argue the measure gives legal standing to unborn fetuses that hasn’t existed before, which could be used to better defend anti-abortion laws.

Sen. Aaron Freeman (R-Indianapolis) notes his bill is explicit about what it does and doesn’t do.

“This bill has nothing to do with two things. One is a woman’s legal right to an abortion,” Freeman says. “And two, it does not have anything to do with a woman who would terminate her own pregnancy.”

The Senate gave final approval to the bill 41-8.

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