Will unborn children have new laws protecting them?

Posted on: January 12, 2011

Lawmakers in Colorado are planning to introduce a Fetal Homicide Bill during this year’s legislation. A hit-and-run crash that injured a Denver woman and claimed the life of her unborn child of 8 months will the topic of discussion. The woman is recovering but her unborn child was killed.

Under current law, the driver who has not been found could be facing possible charges of assault with a deadly weapon, reckless driving resulting in injury or leaving the scene of an accident. This low-life hit-and-run driver could face an enhanced penalty because the victim was pregnant. However, current law does not make the injury or death of an unborn child a crime in itself.

If the law is changed, it will allow prosecutors to charge the driver with the death of the unborn child. The Republican lawmaker states that in these violent situations he wants to be able to create a penalty where punishing somebody who commits violence against an unborn child.

Of course, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is taking a wait and see approach to the planned legislation. Are they concerned that it would include abortions? Several times there were amendments introduced to voters that defined “personhood” which Planned Parenthood didn’t like at all. However, how can you say that an unborn fetus whose heart is beating and their little feet and arms are kicking is not a “person”? Tell that to the devastated parents who cannot hold this child in their arms or hear the cooing of their baby because someone hit its mother and killed the baby she was carrying.

In today’s politically correct society, we have to stop being politically correct and start looking out for the children whether born or unborn.


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