‘God bless you’: After a decade of campaigning, justice on the cards for unborn babies
Legislation to protect unborn babies will be brought before state parliament after years of campaigning.
Ray Hadley has repeatedly pushed for changes to the law because, as it stands, the death of an unborn baby is listed in with the mother’s injuries.
The proposed legislation, from Attorney General Mark Speakman, includes a stand-alone offence for criminals whose actions lead to the loss of an unborn child.
Homicide offences where the foetus is lost and the pregnant woman killed would carry a maximum penalty of three years prison in addition to the maximum penalty for the homicide offence.
“God bless you for finally doing something about it,” Ray said.
Mr Speakman told Ray the government supports the legislation.
“It will be top of the agenda in February if it’s not done this year.”
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Brodie Donegan lost her unborn baby girl, Zoe, on Christmas Day in 2009 when a drug-affected driver smashed into her.
She told Ray she has been fighting for more than a decade.
“I feel that the government heard me and heard what we’ve been saying.”