2018 Indiana Law Will Help Bring Justice for Unborn Child Killed in Mishawaka

December 11, 2018

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – News reports say authorities have arrested a 16-year-old boy for the murder of a pregnant 17-year-old from Mishawaka, Ind. A new Indiana law will allow prosecutors to seek additional murder charges because the murder victim was pregnant.

Signed in March by Gov. Eric Holcomb, Senate Enrolled Act 203 permits charges of murder, manslaughter and feticide against any person killing an unborn child, at any stage of development, during the commission of a felony. Additionally, should those charges not succeed in a criminal case, it maintains the judge’s ability to add additional sentencing of six to 20 years. Sen. Aaron Freeman (District 32) authored the bill after hearing from a woman in his district whose pregnant daughter and grandchild were killed in a homicide.

“The news that a pregnant teenager and her unborn child were murdered is a tragedy for the community of Mishawaka and our entire state,” said Sue Swayze Liebel, Vice President of Public Affairs for Indiana Right to Life. “We hope prosecutors will use the 2018 law to bring justice for the unborn child, who, along with the mother, did not deserve this fate. Join us in praying for the family grieving the loss of their two loved ones.”

Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.
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