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HB 59 - Establishes Penalties for Killing or Injuring a Fetus - Key Vote

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Daphne Campbell Co-Sponsored (Introduced) this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Establishes Penalties for Killing or Injuring a Fetus

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (25-14) - (Key vote)

Title: Establishes Penalties for Killing or Injuring a Fetus

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes penalties for killing or injuring a fetus, effective October 1, 2014.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits an individual from engaging in conduct that results in the injury or death of a fetus at any stage of fetal development (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that prosecution for conduct resulting in the injury or death of a fetus does not need proof of the following (Sec. 2):
    • The individual had knowledge or should have had knowledge that the victim of the offense was pregnant; or
    • The individual intended to cause the injury or death of a fetus.
  • Exempts the following individuals from prosecution for conduct resulting in the injury or death of a fetus (Sec. 2):
    • An individual whose conduct relates to a lawful abortion;
    • An individual providing medical treatment to a pregnant woman or a fetus; or
    • A pregnant woman in respect to her fetus.
  • Classifies a violation of the provisions of this bill as the same as punishment for conduct resulting in the injury or death of a pregnant woman (Sec. 2).
  • Prohibits punishment by the death penalty for conduct resulting in the injury or death of a fetus (Sec. 2).
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (74-42) - (Key vote)

Title: Establishes Penalties for Killing or Injuring a Fetus

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes penalties for killing or injuring a fetus, effective October 1, 2014.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits an individual from engaging in conduct that results in the injury or death of a fetus at any stage of fetal development (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that prosecution for conduct resulting in the injury or death of a fetus does not need proof of the following (Sec. 2):
    • The individual had knowledge or should have had knowledge that the victim of the offense was pregnant; or
    • The individual intended to cause the injury or death of a fetus.
  • Exempts the following individuals from prosecution for conduct resulting in the injury or death of a fetus (Sec. 2):
    • An individual whose conduct relates to a lawful abortion;
    • An individual providing medical treatment to a pregnant woman or a fetus; or
    • A pregnant woman in respect to her fetus.
  • Classifies a violation of the provisions of this bill as the same as punishment for conduct resulting in the injury or death of a pregnant woman (Sec. 2).
  • Prohibits punishment by the death penalty for conduct resulting in the injury or death of a fetus (Sec. 2).
  • Rep. Danish voted “Nay” after the roll call.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Establishes Penalties for Killing or Injuring a Fetus

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