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Pennsylvania Bill Further Providing for Sentence of Murder of an ‘Unborn Child’ (HB 681)

This law was last updated on Sep 12, 2019

This law is Anti–Choice




HB 681


Failed to Pass


Mar 3, 2017


Co-sponsors: 11
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 12


Fetal Homicide

Full Bill Text

HB 681 would clarify that the offense of and murder of the first, second, and third degree, of a pregnant woman which thereby causes the death of an “unborn child,” would not require proof that the person engaging in the conduct had knowledge or should have had knowledge that the victim of the underlying offense was pregnant or that the defendant intended to cause the death of the “unborn child.”

This would also apply to the offense of voluntary manslaughter of an “unborn child.”

A person found guilty of murder of an “unborn child” of the first degree would be sentenced to a term of life imprisonment.