Unborn Victims Law Heads to Governor
Special Report - April 20, 2011
On Tuesday, the North Carolina House of Representatives voted 77-40 to concur with the Senate version of HB 215Unborn Victims of Violence/Ethen’s Law, sending the bill to Governor Beverly Perdue for final approval.
HB 215Unborn Victims of Violence/Ethen’s Law is named for the eight-and-a-half month old unborn son of Jenna Nielson, who were both tragically murdered in Raleigh in July of 2007. Mr. Kevin Blaine, Jenna Nielson’s father and Ethen’s grandfather, was present in the gallery of the House chamber for Tuesday’s concurrence vote, along with Ms. Effie Steele, a Durham resident who also lost her daughter, Ebony Robinson and unborn grandson Elijah, to an act of violence.
Although legislation similar to HB 215 has been filed in the General Assembly for nearly two decades, this session was the first time the bill had ever been granted a hearing. The law mirrors the federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which allows for perpetrators of violent crimes against pregnant women to be charged for crimes against both victims. While the federal law only applies to federal lands within North Carolina, including the Blue Ridge Parkway and military bases, HB 215 effectively extends that protection to the entire state.
If Governor Perdue signs the bill into law or allows it to become law without her signature, North Carolina will be the 36th state to enact an Unborn Victims of Violence Law.
Senate Protects Unborn Children - April 15, 2011
House Passes Unborn Victims Act - March 25, 2011
Unborn Victims Bill Goes to House - March 24, 2011
Unborn Victims Bill Gets First Hearing - March 17, 2011
Unborn Victims Bill Introduced - March 4, 2011
Parents Call for Fetal Murder Law - May 8, 2009
Another Pregnant Soldier Dies in North Carolina - June 25, 2008
Maryland Fetal Homicide Act Brings First Conviction - April 3, 2008
Murder Shows Need for Fetal Homicide Law - January 28, 2008
Fetal Murder Laws Questioned Following Mother's Death - June 26, 2007
How to Achieve Justice for All in North Carolina - FNC - Winter 2011
Protecting the Unborn - FNC - Mar/Apr 2008
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