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Apr 2, 2012 7:35 PM by Matt Stafford

CO delays fetal homicide proposal

DENVER (AP) - A new crime of "fetal homicide" is on hold in Colorado amid concerns the proposal was vague and cold affect on abortion rights.

The Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee tabled the bill Monday. The bill was approved last month by the Republican House.

Similar bills have been defeated in years past because current Colorado criminal law already enhances penalties for violent crimes when the victims are pregnant.

Some abortion supporters said current law is adequate, and that a "fetal homicide" law would give unborn fetuses the status of being a person.

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