Monday, February 15, 2010

Stalemate on fetal homicide issue in Vermont

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 2/13/2010

VermontVermont lawmakers are making little movement on fetal homicide laws.

The legislation was proposed in the aftermath of a car wreck in which Patricia Blair's minivan was struck head-on by a car driven by a 22-year-old woman who was under the influence of prescription drugs. Blair was pregnant and lost the twins she was carrying, but because there is no Vermont law to prosecute someone for killing an unborn baby, the woman faced lesser charges. (See earlier article)

Mary Hahn Beerworth (Vermont Right to Life Committee)Mary Hahn Beerworth, executive director of Vermont Right to Life, reports the problem in the legislature revolves around one senator. "That senator has refused now to let Patricia Blair, the mom of the twins, have so much as five minutes before his committee -- and he has decided he's not going to take up the issue after all," Beerworth explains. Full story.

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