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Fetal homicide: A compromise at last?

December 16. 2013 7:23PM

On Dec. 7, a crash on I-89 killed a young couple and their unborn baby (the mother was eight months pregnant). That story held deeper meaning for state Rep. Leon Rideout, R-Lancaster. In June, Rideout's pregnant daughter was in a car accident. The baby, at 7 1/2 months, did not survive.

In New Hampshire, drivers can be charged with vehicular homicide when they kill pregnant mothers, but not the babies. Rideout intends to change that. He has filed a bill that would make fetal homicide a crime — with an exception for abortions.

Last year legislators passed a fetal homicide bill, and Gov. John Lynch vetoed it. Lynch and other opponents of the bill claimed it would allow doctors to be prosecuted and would interfere with a woman's rights.

Rideout would exempt abortions entirely. But do not look for any compromise from pro-abortion groups. Despite their rhetoric, they are not in the business of protecting women. They are in the business of doing and promoting abortions, and they will attack anything they perceive as a threat to their business.


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