NH to debate fetus homicide bill

Sunday April 29, 2012

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A Senate committee is recommending making it a homicide in New Hampshire for someone to cause the death of a woman's fetus after conception.

The Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the bill that would add crimes committed against the mother that cause her to lose the fetus. The bill would make an exception for medical procedures -- such as abortion -- requested by the mother or her legal guardian.

The House-passed bill proposed adding the death to the homicide statutes making it possible to charge someone with first-degree murder, second-degree murder or negligent homicide after 24 weeks of pregnancy. The Senate Judiciary Committee is recommending applying the penalty from conception instead of after 24 weeks.


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