STATEHOUSE (Feb. 28, 2018) — The House of Representatives supported legislation sponsored by State Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis) on Tuesday that would expand criminal charges to include the death of a fetus in the event of another crime.
Currently, if a fetus is killed during the commission of a crime, the person accused of the crime could only be charged if the fetus was considered medically viable or could live outside the womb. Under this proposal, the list of eligible criminal charges would be expanded to include murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter or feticide for the death of a fetus at any stage of development. Speedy said expanding these charges could add 6 to 20 years to a sentence.
“We want to ensure that there is justice for every life lost in a crime,” Speedy said. “Last year, Brittany McNew, an Indianapolis woman, was fatally injured during a drive-by shooting. Because she was less than 24 weeks pregnant, the gunman was only charged with her murder and aggravated battery of the unborn child. Regardless of the stage of Brittany’s pregnancy, the family lost two loved ones from that murder and mourned the loss of two lives.”
If enacted, this proposal would make Indiana the 24th state to have such a law. Speedy said this legislation does not apply to a woman who lawfully terminates her own pregnancy.
Senate Bill 203 is now eligible for further consideration by the Senate. For more information, visit iga.in.gov.
State Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 90,
serving portions of Marion County.
PICTURED: State Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis) presents legislation he sponsored that would expand criminal charges to include the death of a fetus in the event of another crime to the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. This legislation is eligible for further consideration by the Senate.