Fetal Homicide One Step Closer To Becoming A N.H. Law

Mar 11, 2015

Credit NHPR

The New Hampshire House backed a measure to put fetal homicide on the state’s books.

The bill, which was approved 208 to 155, would allow prosecutors to charge anyone in the death of a fetus over eight weeks.

To the bill’s lead sponsor, Republican Leon Rideout of Lancaster, this issue is personal. Nearly two years ago his daughter was seven and a half months pregnant when a driver ran a stop sign and struck her car – ending her pregnancy.

“The fact that there can be no justice, increases the pain – she has been sentenced to a lifetime of pain and grief while the perpetrator has had no consequences. How is that fair, how is that standing for justice?”

Similar laws are on the books in 38 other states.