New Hampshire State House Sends Unborn Victims Bill to Study Committee
by Steven Ertelt
March 23, 2004
Concord, NH (LifeNews.com) — Members of the New Hampshire state House have voted 263-69 to send legislation to a study committee that would ensure criminals are charged with two crimes when they attack pregnant women and kill or injure their unborn children.
HB 1360 allows prosecutors to file additional charges against criminals in the same way Scott Peterson, Laci Peterson’s husband, has been charged in the deaths of Laci and her unborn child Conner.
According to the Union Leader newspaper, Rep. Robert Giuda, R-Warren, described how his eight-month sister-in-law was involved in an automobile accident and lost her unborn child just weeks before birth. The driver wasn’t charged and didn’t even receive a ticket as a result of the baby’s death.
"Innocent people’s lives are shattered and we have no recourse under the law," he said.
The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee initially suggested the bill should receive more study.
Earlier this month, the House rejected House Bill 1177, a pro-life measure which would have, among other things, barred nurses from performing both surgical and chemical abortions.
In February, the New Hampshire house voted 217-109 to defeat a bill that would have prevented state taxpayer funds from being used to pay for abortions. The pro-life legislation would also have ensured that public facilities and state employees could be not involved with abortions because both are paid for with tax dollars.
Related web sites:
New Hampshire Citizens for Life: https://www.citizensforlife.org