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SB 417 - Classifies the Death of a Fetus as a Felony in Certain Cases - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Classifies the Death of a Fetus as a Felony in Certain Cases

Legislation - Concurrence Vote (Senate) (35-0) -
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (76-10) - (Key vote)

Title: Classifies the Death of a Fetus as a Felony in Certain Cases

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that classifies the death of a fetus from conception to birth as a felony in certain cases.

Highlights:
  • Classifies the death of a fetus caused by a wrongful act, neglect, or default as a felony (Sec. 2).  
  • Defines an “unborn child” as the offspring of human beings from conception until birth, whereas current law defines an “unborn child” as a fetus of at least 12 weeks of gestation (Sec. 1). 
  • Specifies that an individual is not liable under the provisions of this bill if the death of a fetus results from any of the following, including, but not limited to (Sec. 2):
    • A legal abortion;
    • An action by the pregnant women; or
    • The use of contraception.
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (35-0) -

Title: Classifies the Death of a Fetus as a Felony in Certain Cases

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Classifies the Death of a Fetus as a Felony in Certain Cases

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