Fla. Bill Would Create New Offense for Death of Fetus During Violent Crimes

March 22, 2013 — The Florida Senate Health Committee recently passed a bill (SB 876) that would create a separate offense for violent acts against pregnant women that result in the injury or death of the fetus, the AP/St. Augustine Record reports.

Planned Parenthood and other opponents of the measure argued that supporters' intent is not to protect women but to establish legal rights for fertilized eggs -- a move that could be used to restrict abortion in the future.

Several religious groups testified in support of the bill. The bill is not meant as an attack on abortion rights, according to state Sen. Rene Garcia (R), who voted for it (AP/St. Augustine Record, 3/21).