Governor Signs Unborn Victims Bill
Special Report - May 2, 2011
On April 29, Governor Beverly Perdue signed a bill to make North Carolina the 36th state in the nation, in addition to the federal government, to provide legal protection and recognition to those unborn children who are injured or die as a result of violent crimes committed against their mothers. HB 215Unborn Victims of Violence/Ethen’s Law will go into effect on December 1, 2011.
Ethen’s Law replaces the existing statute that merely increased the penalty for crimes against pregnant women in cases where the perpetrator knew the woman was pregnant without any recognition of a crime being committed against the child. The law applies to all children from the moment of conception. Under the law, applicable criminals may be charged with first or second degree murder or voluntary or involuntary manslaughter and receive a penalty up to life in prison without parole. If a mother gives birth after such an attack and the child is seriously injured, premature, or requires an extended hospital stay, the perpetrator may be charged with assault.
“We commend the legislature and Governor Perdue for standing up to ensure justice for both the mothers and children who are injured or killed by these horrendous acts of violence,” said Bill Brooks, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council. “We are especially grateful to Rep. Dale Folwell, and other members of the North Carolina General Assembly who worked tirelessly for more than two decades to bring this simple measure to fruition. It is our hope that this measure will help to reduce violence against women and against the unborn.”
Unborn Victims Law Heads to Governor - April 20, 2011
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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