Florida Unborn Victims of Violence Act (SB 162)
This law was last updated on Apr 25, 2016
SB 162 would create a separate criminal offense for death of, or bodily injury to, an “unborn child.”
The bill states that a person who commits a criminal offense or violates the Florida Criminal Code and causes the death of, or bodily injury to, an unborn child commits a separate offense if that offense isn’t specifically provided for.
The bill defines the term “unborn child” to mean “a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.”
The law would not require that the person engaging in criminal conduct have knowledge that the victim was pregnant or intend to cause the death of, or bodily injury to, the unborn child.
Companion bill to HB 59, which was signed into law by Gov. Scott on June 20, 2014.