Number: HB 59
Status: ProposedProposed: September 16, 2013
Topics: Fetal Homicide
Last updated Apr 25, 2014.
HB 59 would create a separate criminal offense for death of, or bodily injury to, an unborn child.
The bill states that a person who commits a criminal offense or violates the Florida Criminal Code and causes the death of, or bodily injury to, an unborn child commits a separate offense if that offense isn’t specifically provided for.
The bill defines the term “unborn child” to mean “a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.”
The law would not require that the person engaging in criminal conduct have knowledge that the victim was pregnant or intend to cause the death of, or bodily injury to, the unborn child.
Passed House on April 11, 2014 and passed Senate on April 23, 2014. Bill sent to Gov. Scott for signature.