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NH Senate deadlocks over fetal homicide bill

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By NORMA LOVE
Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Senate has voted not to treat a fetus that dies in a homicide as a person, even if the mother lives.

The Senate voted against measures Thursday that treated an 8-week-old fetus as a person, as well as a fetus that could survive outside the womb. Finally, the Senate effectively killed the bill by tabling it. Senate President Chuck Morse said he did not expect it to be taken up again this session.

The House proposed letting judges hand out stiffer sentences if the woman is pregnant when she dies.

Currently, if an assault results in a miscarriage or stillbirth and the mother survives, a judge can sentence the assailant to up to 15 years in prison.

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