State Lawmakers Give Initial Approval to Bill Protecting Unborn Children

Co-State-Capital-300The Offenses Against Unborn Children Act passed its first test yesterday at the Colorado Statehouse, after hours of intense and sometimes emotional testimony, when the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 268 on a 3-2 vote. Senate President Bill Cadman introduced the bill, which permits an unborn child to be included in the definition of a person for purposes of prosecuting first- and second-degree murder, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, vehicular homicide, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, and vehicular homicide. Under current Colorado law, a loophole exists that doesn’t allow murder charges to be brought in such cases. That blind spot in law was highlighted most recently when the Boulder County District Attorney declined to bring murder charges in the violent death of Aurora Wilkins, who was cut from the body of her mother, Longmont resident Michelle Wilkins. Those testifying in favor of the bill included seven active or former law enforcements officials, four of whom were prosecutors. All denied that the law would erode abortion rights or result in the prosecution of women for exercising those rights. It now moves on to the entire Senate for debate.

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