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Mar 18, 2013 1:27 PM by JD Downing

Bill protecting pregnant women passes

DENVER - The House gave final approval Monday to a bill that will give prosecutors new tools to charge those who intentionally or recklessly cause a woman to lose her pregnancy.

HB13-1154, sponsored by Rep. Mike Foote (D-Lafayette) and Rep. Claire Levy (D-Boulder), creates a new category of crime: unlawful termination of pregnancy.

"Right now a drunk driver can run into another vehicle containing a woman and cause that woman to lose her pregnancy as a result," Rep. Foote told the House during floor debate last week. "And the only thing that drunk driver can be prosecuted for is misdemeanor DUI and traffic offenses.

"That's wrong, and House Bill 1154 will change that," he continued. "And it does it specifically by not assigning the status of personhood to the pregnancy."

The bill passed the House today with 50 in favor and 14 Republican members dissenting.

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