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Fetal Homicide Bill Dead In Committee

Fetal Homicide Bill Dead In Committee


A Colorado bill targeting “fetal homicide” was tabled for the legislative session because lawmakers couldn’t answer critical questions about the impact of the bill.

Critics argue that “fetal homicide” bills are simply covert abortion bans, despite assurances from anti-choice advocates that they are not. Similar to the mandatory ultrasound laws and “fetal pain” 20 week abortion bans sweeping states, “fetal homicide” bills were pieces of model legislation pushed by Americans United for Life, the anti-choice ALEC.

Kevin Paul, an attorney for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains argued the bill “fundamentally challenges the right to chose whether to terminate a pregnancy.” Because proponents couldn’t offer a satisfactory answer, Democrats refused to allow the measure to advance.

In addition to concerns that the bill would ban abortions, critics have also raised the concern that the bill would open the door to abortion doctors being murdered to “defend” the fetus under a justifiable homicide theory, similar to the one advanced by Scott Roeder, Dr. George Tiller’s murderer.

Given the overall move away from “fetal homicide” bills it is unclear whether anti-choice activists will try and raise the issue next legislative session.


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4:33AM PDT on May 10, 2012

Yes! Wonderful!

4:58AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012


10:56PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

@ Charli S- you're 100% correct.

9:24PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

“If a child conceived by rape is a ‘blessing from God,’ does that mean the rapists are Angels on Earth doing God’s Work?”

2:28PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

So the fetal homicide bill basically died in utero, did it?

Good. These bills are never really about the safety of children. The people who sponsor them couldn't possibly care less about actual children. All the bills are about is controlling women, and forcing unwilling women to carry unwanted pregnancies and give birth to unwanted children. At that point, pro-life no longer gives a damn.

2:08PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Respecto woman rights

1:55PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

The term 'pro life' should be reserved for sane people who support artificial gestation, surrogate pregnancy, in-vitro fertilised embryo transfer, adoption, and other alternatives to abortion without making @##es of themselves by harassing clinics and women or murdering medical personnel. The anti-abortion extremists should be exiled from the USA; the legitimate peaceful and constitutional protestors and pro-scientific-solutions people should remain. 'Personhood' is a farce just like medic-murdering anti-abortion extremists.

1:02PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Women have a right to make this choice.

12:11PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012


10:47AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

As long as men are jealous that women are free to be people, they'll keep trying to remove the rights of personhood from the WOMEN.

A fetus is no more a person than an egg is a chicken or a nut is a tree.

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