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Expanded Feticide Bill Heads To Governor's Desk

Brandon Smith
IPB News

Legislation headed to the governor would allow prosecutors to seek a murder charge against someone who attacks a woman and causes the death of her fetus.

Current law allows such charges if the fetus is viable. The legislation eliminates the need for viability.

READ MORE: Senate Committee Approves Bill To Expand Feticide Law

And that change in law has some anti-abortion groups cheering. They argue the measure gives legal standing to unborn fetuses that hasn’t existed before, which could be used to better defend anti-abortion laws.

Sen. Aaron Freeman (R-Indianapolis) notes his bill is explicit about what it does and doesn’t do.

“This bill has nothing to do with two things. One is a woman’s legal right to an abortion," Freeman says. "And two, it does not have anything to do with a woman who would terminate her own pregnancy.”

The Senate gave final approval to the bill 41-8.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.