The Peterson Case and Fetal Homicide Law
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|Sun, 04-27-2003 - 7:44am|
Here are the States which carry fetal homicide laws at any stage of development:
AZ, ID, IL, LA, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, ND, OH, PA, SD, UT, WI
Here are the States which carry fetal homicide laws with varying determinants to applicability:
AR, CA, FL, GA, MA, MS, NV, OK, RI, SC, TN, WA
Here are the States which criminalize certain conduct that terminates pregnancies or causes miscarriages:
IA, IN, KS, NC, NH, NM, VA
Not surprisingly, some of these laws have been challenged and I believe all or most have been upheld. There are some obvious questions which this issue has raised and I am sure they are getting ample coverage and debate and certainly feel free to express your opinions here as well, but I am posing what I believe is a more basic POLITICAL question with some corollaries:
Should there be a NATIONAL Fetal Protection Law along the lines of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act or a similar bill?
If not, touch also on why it is different from having a NATIONAL protection for the Right to Abortion.
If yes, touch also on why this should not be a States Rights issue, such as Right to Abortion laws were prior to Roe v. Wade?