US lawmakers pass bill on violence to fetusBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7295.1142/c (Published 12 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1142
- Fred Charatan
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 …