CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's Senate is voting whether to treat a fetus who dies in a homicide as a person even if the mother lives.

The House bill would let judges hand out stiffer sentences if the woman is pregnant when she dies, but critics say the fetus' death should be a crime if the mother lives. A Senate committee is recommending that the Senate vote Thursday to treat an eight-week-old fetus as a person.

The House has already rejected the same proposal.

State Rep. Leon Rideout filed the bill after his daughter lost her baby as the result of a traffic accident.


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