Federal Law Recognizes a Human Embryo or Fetus as a Living Entity (Read 131 times)

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Unborn Victims of Violence Act

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The Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-212) is a United States law that
recognizes an embryo or fetus in utero as a legal victim, if they are injured or killed during the
commission of any of over 60 listed federal crimes of violence. The law defines "child in utero"
as "a member of the species Homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in
the womb."[1]

The law is codified in two sections of the United States Code: Title 18, Chapter 1 (Crimes), §1841
(18 USC 1841) and Title 10, Chapter 22 (Uniform Code of Military Justice) §919a (Article 119a).
The law applies only to certain offenses over which the United States government has jurisdiction,
including certain crimes committed on federal properties, against certain federal officials and
employees, and by members of the military. In addition, it covers certain crimes that are defined
by statute as federal offenses wherever they occur, no matter who commits them, such as certain
crimes of terrorism. Because of principles of federalism embodied in the United States Constitution,
federal criminal law does not apply to crimes prosecuted by the individual U.S. states, although
38 states also recognize the fetus or "unborn child" as a crime victim, at least for purposes of homicide
or feticide.[2]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unborn_Victims_of_Violence_Act

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