New Hampshire Fetal Homicide Bill (HB 1503)
This law was last updated on Feb 12, 2015
HB 1503 would have allowed the state to prosecute people who recklessly or negligently cause the death of a fetus on charges of homicide or manslaughter. While not actually creating a crime of fetal homicide, the bill would have added an enhanced term of imprisonment for manslaughter or negligent homicide that caused a miscarriage or stillbirth.
In cases where a person was convicted of murder in the second degree which caused a miscarriage or stillbirth, HB 1503 would have required the judge to explicitly state for the record that he/she considered the miscarriage or stillbirth as a factor in pronouncing their sentence and what effect, if any, the miscarriage or stillbirth had in determining the sentence imposed.
The bill, known as “Griffin’s Law,” was introduced by Rep. Leon Rideout. He crafted the bill after his daughter lost a pregnancy in a car accident the previous year.
Passed the House. Sent to the Senate and died in chamber.