Referred to Committee
March 26, 2013
March 18, 2013(Key vote)
Title: Penalties for Violent Offenses Against Pregnant Women
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that establishes new penalties for violent offenses against pregnant women that result in the loss of pregnancy, effective July 1, 2013.
Defines “unlawful termination of pregnancy” as termination of pregnancy by any means other than birth or a medical procedure performed with the consent of the pregnant woman or an individual legally authorized to act on her behalf (Sec. 2).
Specifies that unlawful termination of pregnancy includes “reckless” and “careless” conduct that result in the termination of pregnancy, whereas current law specifies only “intentional” conduct (Sec. 1).
Defines “vehicular unlawful termination of pregnancy” as the termination of pregnancy that is a direct result of an individual driving in a “reckless manner” (Sec. 2).
Defines “aggravated vehicular unlawful termination of pregnancy” as the termination of pregnancy resulting from an individual driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (Sec. 2).
Classifies all degrees of unlawful termination of pregnancy as a felony (Sec. 2).
Specifies that nothing in this bill authorizes the prosecution of a woman for any act or failure to act with regard to her own pregnancy (Sec. 2).
Specifies that this bill does not establish personhood or rights associated with personhood for an individual prior to live birth (Sec. 1).