Violence to fetus bill faces debate

The Associated Press
Posted June 02, 2011, at 2:50 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Senate has put off a debate on a bill to outlaw violence against a fetus.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Debra Plowman, of Hampden, was set for debate on Thursday but the Senate did not take it up. The Senate next meets Friday and the bill could come up then.

It would create new crimes of murder, felony murder, manslaughter, assault, aggravated assault and elevated aggravated assault against an unborn child. Those crimes would not apply to an abortion to which the pregnant woman has consented.

Plowman’s bill is one of several supported by anti-abortion activists. The others deal with waiting periods, parental consent and informed consent.

Opponents say the bills are unnecessary. printed on April 23, 2017