BACKGROUND: HB 59 (Ahern) and SB 162 (Stargel) establish the Florida Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which provides that a person who engages in criminal conduct that causes the death of, or injury to, an unborn child commits a criminal offense separate from the offense against the mother. The measure is law in 37 other states and at the federal level; however, Florida currently only holds criminal defendants liable for the death of an “unborn quick child” as a result of vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter, or homicide crimes. An “unborn quick child” is defined as a fetus that is capable of life outside the womb.
These bills would modify current Florida law to recognize crimes against the unborn at any stage of gestation creating added protections for pregnant women and unborn children from assault and homicide crimes.
Both bills are ready to be taken-up and voted on by their respective chambers. On Friday, the House is expected to vote on HB 59 (Ahern) and the Senate has placed SB 162 (Stargel) on the special order calendar for that day.
ACTION: Send a message to both your Florida state representative and senator and ask them to pass the Florida Unborn Victims of Violence Act. If your lawmaker is one of the bill sponsors (Representative Larry Ahern, District 66, Seminole, or Senator Kelli Stargel, District 15, Lakeland) you will have the opportunity to send them a thank-you message when clicking the link below.
Click the link below to log in and send your message: https://www.votervoice.net/link/target/fcc/MWGG2g964.aspx