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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Death Penalty for Abortion Doctors?

The Sentencing Law and Policy blog points out a recent AP news story from Texas concerning whether 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."  From the AP article,

Like Texas, many states have enacted parental consent and fetal protection laws, said Jody Ruskamp-Hatz, policy specialist for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Ruskamp-Hatz said she is not aware of another state in which there is an interpretation that abortion doctors could be subjected to capital murder charges.

The Texas Medical Association said it opposes any legislation with the stated purpose of subjecting doctors to capital murder charges. A violation of the parental consent law "would mean the physician could lose his or her license, not his or her liberty," spokesman Darren Whitehurst said.

Thanks to the Sentencing Law and Policy blog for this cite. [bm]

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