Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Senate Bill 1103 by President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee unanimously passed the Senate today, providing protections for pregnant women subject to domestic violence abuse.

Senate Bill 1103 creates the “Use of Force for the Protection of the Unborn Act.” The provisions in Senate Bill 1103 include circumstances under which a pregnant woman is justified in using force or deadly force against another to protect her unborn child. This includes reasonable beliefs that the unborn child is threatened and the use of force is immediately necessary for the child’s protection.

“Unfortunately, the unborn child is often the primary target of domestic violence,” said Pro Tem Coffee. “Domestic violence has been acknowledged as a primary cause of stillbirths and miscarriages. Senate Bill 1103 puts vital safeguards in place for a woman to not only save her life, but her unborn child’s as well.”

Senate Bill 1103 will now to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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