Ind. Gov. Holcomb Signs Historic Bill Allowing Additional Murder Charges if Murder Victim Is Pregnant

SEA 203 rightfully recognizes an unborn child’s humanity

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb

INDIANAPOLIS – Over the weekend, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed historic legislation that allows additional murder charges if a murder victim is pregnant.

SEA 203 permits charges of murder, manslaughter, and feticide against any person killing an unborn child, at any stage of development, during the commission of a felony.

SEA 203 passed the Indiana House on Feb. 27 by a vote of 96-3. It passed the Indiana Senate on Feb. 1 by a vote of 42-6.

Sen. Aaron Freeman authored the bill after hearing from a woman in his district whose pregnant daughter and grandchild were killed in a homicide. Freeman said, “If someone kills a pregnant woman, they should not only be tried for her death, but also the death of the fetus.”

“We applaud Gov. Holcomb for signing this groundbreaking legislation that recognizes an unborn child’s humanity,” said Sue Swayze Liebel, Indiana Right to Life Vice President of Public Affairs. “This law will deliver justice to the families grieving the loss of two lives when a pregnant woman is tragically murdered.”

Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life offered the following statement when the SEA 203 became eligible for Holcomb’s signature:

“Indiana Right to Life applauds the passage of SB 203 as a powerful step forward in recognizing and protecting the full humanity of unborn children at any stage of development. The recognition of the worth of a child killed during a felony further places Roe v. Wade on a collision course with law and history. We are committed to doubling down on efforts to bring about a majority on the Supreme Court that will strictly interpret the constitution, dismantle Roe, and provide full protection for all unborn children, including those who are targeted for abortion.”