N.H. House Falls Short on 'Fetal Homicide' Measure

June 29, 2012 — New Hampshire House lawmakers on Wednesday failed to override Gov. John Lynch's (D) veto of a bill (HB 217) that would establish a crime of fetal homicide, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

The House fell short of the two-thirds majority required to override Lynch's veto of HB 217, which would have expanded the state's homicide law to allow for charges ranging from murder to negligent homicide for causing the death of a fetus after eight weeks of gestation.

In his veto, Lynch said the bill should only apply to a "viable" fetus (New Hampshire Union Leader, 6/27).