April 10, 2012(Key vote)
Title: Expands Penalties for Child Homicide
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that increases the penalty for a conviction of child homicide and includes in the definition of child homicide the abortion of a fetus with a detectable heartbeat, effective July 1, 2012.
Increases the maximum prison sentence for a person found guilty of child homicide from 20 to 30 years (Sec. 1).
Specifies that a person is guilty of child homicide in the following circumstances (Sec. 1):
The person is found guilty of manslaughter where the homicide was intentional; and
The person is over the age of 21 and the victim is a “child” under the age of 18.
Defines “child” as including an “unborn child” at every stage of gestation from conception until live birth (Sec. 1).
Exempts abortions from the provisions of this act if the abortion was performed in the following circumstances (Sec. 1):
There is no detectable fetal heartbeat;
The abortion is medically necessary to prevent the death of the woman; or
The pregnancy resulted from an alleged act of rape or incest.