By NORMA LOVE
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Judges could hand out stiffer sentences when a fetus dies in a homicide under a bill passed by the New Hampshire House.
The House voted 243-42 Thursday to send the bill to the Senate.
Supporters argued the stricter penalties should be limited to cases where the mother dies, but critics said the fetus' death should be a crime if the mother lives.
A lawmaker filed the bill after his daughter lost her baby as the result of a traffic accident. The issue also drew attention after a former Fortune 500 executive told police he was trying to kill himself when the pickup truck he was driving crossed the median on Interstate 89 in December into the path of another car. A Vermont woman killed as a result was eight months pregnant.
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