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Majority support fetal homicide bill - 92 participants

Dec 17, 2013

When the United States Supreme Court defined fetus viability at 28 weeks in its controversial decision in Roe V. Wade in 1973, it attempted to legally answer a profound question: When does human life begin? The ruling, however, does not satisfy the moral, religious, and philosophical implications that arise in asking or attempting to answer the question, which is evidenced by the heated debates that continue to this day. On December 17, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH include fetuses as victims in criminal statutes, starting at eight weeks of pregnancy?”

Should NH include fetuses as victims in criminal statutes, starting at eight weeks of pregnancy?

Fetal Homicide NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 92 participants gave 337 responses.

A total of 77% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 23% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 92 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 337 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

Yes: An overwhelming majority, at 65% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of including fetuses as victims in criminal statutes, starting at eight weeks of pregnancy. 

  • “Any action ending the life of a developing human being is taking a life.”
  • “It isn't about personal grief. It is about right and wrong and continuing tragedies…A person is a person no matter how small.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 35%, were opposed to including fetuses as victims in criminal statutes, starting at eight weeks of pregnancy.   

  • “Someone would use this law to press manslaughter charges against a woman who goes to work or goes to the gym and has a miscarriage. Once you establish this particular legal precedent, women will be horribly vulnerable to having their lives held hostage for the term of their pregnancy.”

Other: As noted above, 23% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues.  

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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