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Illinois Drug-Induced Homicide of an ‘Unborn Child’ Bill (HB 4493)

This law was last updated on Feb 24, 2018


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Illinois

Number

HB 4493

Status

Proposed

Proposed

Jan 31, 2018

Sponsors

Primary Sponsors: 1
Co-sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 2

Topics

Fetal Homicide, Substance Abuse During Pregnancy

Full Bill Text

www.ilga.gov

HB 4493 would create the offense of drug-induced homicide of an “unborn child.” The offense would make it a felony when a person, without lawful justification, knowingly injects or knowingly causes injection, inhalation, absorption, or ingestion of any amount of a prescription drug, over-the-counter drug, controlled substance, or methamphetamine that causes the death of an “unborn child.”

The bill provides exemptions for:

  • acts which cause the death of an “unborn child” if those acts were committed during any lawful abortion, to which the pregnant person has consented;
  • acts which were committed under usual and customary standards of medical practice during diagnostic testing or therapeutic treatment; or
  • the use of a drug according to the direction of a physician or in accordance with the directions written on the drug label.

The drug-induced homicide of an “unborn child” would be a Class X felony. In Illinois, a Class X felony carries a mandatory minimum sentence of six years and a maximum sentence of 30 years.


People

Primary Sponsor