Friday, May 26, 2006

South Carolina House approves Unborn Victims of Violence Act

According to the Sun News:

The House gave key approval Thursday to a bill that creates a separate criminal offense for harming a fetus during an attack on the mother.

Under the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act," if a pregnant woman is the victim of a violent crime, and the fetus is also killed or injured, the suspect is charged with a separate offense.
The measure, approved 81-18, is similar to a law signed by President Bush in 2004 for federal crimes. It protects women's existing abortion rights and applies only to violent crimes.

The bill doesn't allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty solely for killing a fetus.

The Senate approved the bill in March. The House passed similar bills in 2004 and 2005 that died in the Senate.

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