In an attempt to clamp down on abortion access in the state earlier this month, New Hampshire lawmakers accidentally passed a law allowing pregnant women to kill people without any real consequences. They quickly corrected the loophole on Thursday, and the law isn’t set to take effect until early next year, but the error quickly drew criticism from the public. Many pointed out jokingly that in their haste to approve a bill limiting women’s rights, lawmakers accidentally gave pregnant women quite a strange boost in rights, instead.
Senate Bill 66, passed by Republican lawmakers, aimed to define a fetus as a human with full rights after 20 weeks’ gestation, essentially making anyone who kills a fetus past that time liable to manslaughter or homicide charges. Supporters of “fetal homicide” bills say that such laws give women a legal avenue to press charges if their babies are killed during an assault or car crash, according to The Independent.
However, since these bills can also be read as anti-abortion bills, lawmakers added a clause exempting pregnant women who wanted to procure an abortion. The bill read that “any act committed by the pregnant woman” or her doctor wouldn’t apply in any second-degree murder, manslaughter, or negligent…
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