Aaron Freeman

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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.

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Senate Committee Approves Bill To Expand Feticide Law

Jan 23, 2018

Indiana could join more than 20 other states in allowing prosecutors to file murder charges if a person kills an unborn fetus regardless of its viability.

Current law says a person commits murder if they knowingly or intentionally kill a viable fetus. But when Jennifer Lee’s daughter was shot and killed last year, she lost her unborn child. And Lee says for the death of that fetus, prosecutors could only file aggravated battery charges against the killer.

Attorney General Curtis Hill will continue to live in the Indianapolis area despite the repeal of a law requiring him to do so.

Senate Bill 400 changed two words in the Indiana code: “at Indianapolis” became “in Indiana.” That refers to where the attorney general is required to live.