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‘Makes me sick to my stomach’: Renewed push to change law surrounding deaths of unborn babies

There is a renewed push to revisit Zoe’s Law which allows charges to be laid against a person who kills an unborn baby.

It comes after the deaths of two women and their unborn babies.

A 23-year-old woman and her unborn twins were killed after an unlicensed driver allegedly veered onto the wrong side of the road.

Another pregnant woman was killed in a high speech car chase while she was travelling in an allegedly stolen car.

“Learning about the latest deaths of pregnant women in car accidents makes me sick to my stomach,” says Ben Fordham.

Attempts to change this have been in limbo for years over concerns raised women who’ve had abortions could face criminal charges.

“Surely we’ve grown beyond that because if we really need to include greater protections for women who have abortions, then let’s make that happen,” Ben says.

The bill was brought in by Reverend Fred Nile after Brodie Donegan lost her unborn daughter Zoe when she was hit by a drug driver on Christmas Day in 2009.

Brodie was 32 weeks pregnant at the time.

Reverend Nile says “there’s been a deliberate attempt to confuse the purpose of the Bill”.

“The Bill has in it a section which completely eliminates any charges for a legal abortion.

“It only deals with cases which are basically manslaughter.”

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