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HB 1256: Crimes Against an Unborn Child

Women’s Rights
Bill Number: HB11 1256
Year: 2011
ACLU Position: Monitor
Sponsors: Waller and Bradford, Balmer, Joshi, Priola, Summers, Barker, DelGrosso, Gardner B., Murray, Nikkel, Stephens, Steadman, Boyd, King S.


The bill creates a new article for offenses against pregnant women and their unborn children. The new offenses are unlawful termination of a pregnancy in the first degree, unlawful termination of a pregnancy in the second degree, unlawful termination of a pregnancy in the third degree, unlawful termination of a pregnancy in the fourth degree, vehicular unlawful termination of a pregnancy, and aggravated vehicular unlawful termination of a pregnancy. The bill excludes from prosecution medical care for which the mother provided consent.

The bill does not confer the status of "person" upon a human embryo, fetus, or unborn child at any stage of development prior to live birth. The bill makes a 5-year appropriation.
The bill repeals the criminal abortion statutes.
The bill makes conforming amendments.

Current Status:

2/11/2011 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary

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