For a Brief Time, New Hampshire Moms-to-Be Had a License to Kill

A poorly worded piece of legislation very briefly allowed pregnant women to get away with murder—literally.

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With all those raging pregnancy hormones, sometimes, you might feel like you want to murder someone. And if you were in New Hampshire recently, you might have been able to get away with it. 

The state was attempting to pass a Fetal Homicide Bill (SB 66), which would allow the deaths of fetuses, caused by intentional injury or accident, to be considered homicide or manslaughter. In order to allow for legal abortion, the lawmakers wrote the bill to include exclusions for doctors who provide abortions, and women who ask for them. But in a big giant oopsy, the wording gave expectant mamas and their doctors a lot more free rein than lawmakers had intended. What they said: “Any act committed by the pregnant woman” or "a physician" wouldn’t apply “in cases of second-degree murder, manslaughter, negligent homicide, or causing or aiding suicide,” according to a report in the Concord Monitor

Lawmakers figured out pretty quickly that the bill as worded would allow for a whole Pandora's box full of crimes, and scrambled to write and pass an amended version that closed the loophole. 

The revised bill is currently awaiting signoff by New Hampshire governor Chris Sununu, so preggos, consider any hopes for a crime spree hall pass effectively dashed.

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