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New Hampshire Bill Including Fetus as “another” in Certain Criminal Offenses (SB 66)

This law was last updated on Jan 17, 2018

This law is Anti–Choice


New Hampshire


SB 66




Jan 18, 2017


Co-sponsors: 10
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 11


Fetal Homicide

Full Bill Text

SB 66 would include the term “fetus” in the definition of “another” for the purpose of first and second degree murder, manslaughter, negligent homicide, and causing or aiding suicide.  This would not apply to women seeking medical procedures or abortions.

The term “fetus” would not be included in the definition of “another” in regards to capital murder.

The bill defines “fetus” to mean an unborn offspring, from the embryo stage which is the end of the 20th week after conception or, in the case of an in vitro fertilization, the end of the 20th week after implantation, until birth.

Related Legislation

Similar to HB 156, which would define fetus to mean an “unborn” offspring from the embryo stage which is the end of the eighth week after conception or implantation.

Similar to HB 560 and SB 40, both of which failed to pass in 2015.

Similar to HB 1503, which failed to pass in 2014.


Passed the senate on February 16, 2017, by a vote of 14-10.

Passed the house on June 22, 2017, by a 196-173 vote.

Concurred in senate on June 22, 2017, by a 13-9 vote.

Signed by Gov. Chris Sununu (R) on June 30, 2017.

Effective January 1, 2018.