Tuesday October 15, 2019
SNc Channels:

Search
About Salem-News.com

 

Jun-25-2009 18:26printcomments

House Increases Penalties for Crimes Against Pregnant Women

“We must, as a Legislature, make sure that our prosecutors have the tools in place to deal swiftly and surely with those who commit violence against pregnant women” - State Rep. Vicki Berger

pregnant women
Courtesy_ farm1.static.flickr.com

(SALEM, Ore.) - The Oregon House on Wednesday passed legislation increasing penalties for crimes against pregnant women.

House Bill 3505-A would require a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for murder against a pregnant woman. Second degree assault charges would be moved up to first degree assault. Fourth degree assault, currently a misdemeanor, would be charged as a Class C felony.

“In too many cases, violence against women often occurs during pregnancy. It is critical that we send a clear message that violence against all women is intolerable, but that violence against pregnant women is cause an even harsher sentence,” said State Rep. Judy Steigler (D-Bend).

“Whether the cause of the murder is a heinous crime such as the Heather Shiveley case or a domestic violence situation, we must send a clear signal that violence against pregnant women is cause for strong penalties.”

State Rep. Vicki Berger (R-Salem) spoke in strong support of the bill.

“These cases are particularly difficult. It is heartbreaking to see the pain a family suffers when crimes against pregnant women occur,” said Berger.

“We must, as a Legislature, make sure that our prosecutors have the tools in place to deal swiftly and surely with those who commit violence against pregnant women.”

The bill passed the House on a 56-1 vote and now moves to the Senate for consideration.




Comments Leave a comment on this story.
Name:

All comments and messages are approved by people and self promotional links or unacceptable comments are denied.


[Return to Top]
©2019 Salem-News.com. All opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Salem-News.com.


Articles for June 24, 2009 | Articles for June 25, 2009 | Articles for June 26, 2009

Sean Flynn was a photojournalist in Vietnam, taken captive in 1970 in Cambodia and never seen again.

Annual Hemp Festival & Event Calendar

Support
Salem-News.com:



googlec507860f6901db00.html