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US lawmakers pass bill on violence to fetus

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7295.1142/c (Published 12 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1142
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    The US House of Representatives last month passed a bill, by a vote of 252 to 172, that, if approved by the Senate, would give a new legal status to the fetus. It establishes criminal penalties for harming a fetus during the commission of a federal offence against a pregnant woman.

    Republican Representative Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who introduced the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, wrote: “Under the bill, criminals who commit …

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