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Legislation would punish assailants whose actions kill unborn children

RALEIGH – Rep. Dale Folwell, R-Forsyth, filed a bill Thursday protecting unborn children from violent assaults and murder. A version of the bill has been filed regularly for more than two decades, but it never has gotten a committee hearing. Folwell says he’s confident it will pass this year.

The bill would add murder, manslaughter, and assault charges against unborn children to the state’s criminal code. If someone kills a pregnant woman and her child dies as a result of the attack or accident, the person also could be charged for the unborn child’s death.

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Anthony Greco is an associate editor of Carolina Journal.