Bill allows deadly force to protect unborn babies

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 | 4:34 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A pregnant woman would be allowed to use deadly force if she thinks her unborn child is in danger under a measure approved by the Missouri House.

House members gave the bill initial approval in a 133-20 vote Tuesday after little discussion. The House must vote on the measure one more time before it can go to the Senate.

Missouri already allows people to use deadly force if they think their lives or the life of another person is in danger.

Sponsoring Rep. Jeanie Riddle of Mokane, a Republican, said the bill stems from the case of a pregnant Michigan woman who was convicted of manslaughter after killing her boyfriend. The woman said he had punched her in the stomach and intended to again when she stabbed him.

Oklahoma passed a similar law last year.


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