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Massachusetts Bill Regarding Fetal Homicide Penalties (H 861)

This law was last updated on Apr 18, 2019


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Massachusetts

Number

H 861

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Jan 23, 2017

Sponsors

Co-sponsors: 16
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 17

Topics

Fetal Homicide

Full Bill Text

malegislature.gov

H 861 would make it a criminal offense to cause bodily injury or death to a “child in utero.”  A child in utero is defined as “a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.”

If a person engages in conduct that results in the death of, or bodily injury to, a child in utero, their punishment would be the same as the punishment provided under law for that conduct had the injury or death occurred to the unborn child’s mother.

H 861 would not require proof that the person had knowledge of the woman’s pregnancy.  This law would not apply to conduct relating to an abortion or medical procedure.

STATUS

Similar to H 1392 (2015) and H 1404 (2013), both of which failed to pass.


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