New Hampshire House Will Consider Bills On Fetal Homicide, Synthetic Drugs

May 3, 2015

Credit NHPR Staff

Lawmakers will debate fetal homicide laws, restrictions on synthetic drugs and more in this week's upcoming sessions.  

The Republican majority in the House is likely to amend a Senate version of fetal homicide legislation. The bill would allow for criminal charges to be brought in the death of fetuses beyond eight weeks of gestation. It says criminal charges cannot be brought against a woman or a doctor in cases of abortion. Advocates for the bill say it's necessary for women who lose their pregnancies as a result of criminal acts such as assault or car accidents.  

House members will also take up a bill aimed at restricting the sale of synthetic drugs, such as spice or synthetic fentanyl, which has become a leading cause of drug deaths in the state.