Wednesday, August 31, 2005

New Texas law could mean death penalty for doctors performing abortions

Texas doctors who perform abortions without parental approval or after the third trimester could face capital murder charges because of a new law that takes effect this week, a prosecutors group says. The Texas District and County Attorneys Association has outlined that scenario in its new book updating the Texas penal code and in public presentations around the state. The group says such charges could occur under the new law because of the 2003 fetal protection law. Key legislators said Monday that wasn't their intent. (Thanks to Professor Paul Caron for the tip.)  By:  Kelly Shannon, Associated Press, HoustonChronicle.com.

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/3330600 (last visited August 31, 2005).

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