Lawmakers to Debate Fetal Homicide Bill

co-state-capitol-300With less than two weeks to go, lawmakers are scrambling like they do every year to finish all their work before the legislative session ends May 6th. In what’s expected to be one of the most emotionally charged debates of the session, senators this week will consider a Republican measure to make the killing of a fetus a homicide in certain cases. The bill is a response to the attack in Longmont last month on an expectant mother, who had her belly cut open by someone who wanted to steal her child. The woman survived, but the child died. However, prosecutors said they couldn’t file murder charges under current state law. Democrats argue the Republican proposal will interfere with abortion rights. Republicans say their bill protects abortion rights, while allowing prosecutors to file homicide charges in some cases.

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