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    Jul 2010
    Quote Originally Posted by trustno1 View Post
    In a criminal act, that causes the death of a foetus, the mother would be severely injured herself. Couldn't the law be changed to be dual charge (say GBH causing foetal death) rather than two separate charges.

    I can understand wanting the baby acknowledged, but as mother and baby are still a single unit (sorry, couldn't think of a better word), if you start giving the baby its own legal identity it leads to a slippery slope.
    The legislation in QLD is designed this way. The charge is 'unlawful assault of a pregnant woman'.

    "Any person who unlawfully assaults a female pregnant with a child and destroys the life of, or does grievous bodily harm to, or transmits a serious disease to, the child before its birth, commits a crime"

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    Sounds like QLD has it right. Why is it so hard elsewhere?


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