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HB 1154 - Establishes Penalties for Violent Offenses Against Pregnant Women - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Establishes Penalties for Violent Offenses Against Pregnant Women

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (21-14) - (Key vote)

Title: Establishes 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.

Highlights:
  • 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).
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (50-14) - (Key vote)

Title: Establishes 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.

Highlights:
  • 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).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Establishes Penalties for Violent Offenses Against Pregnant Women

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