Support Laura and Reid's Law #Reidtoo
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Beloved Howard County, MD high school teacher Laura Wallen was killed September 3, 2017 by her boyfriend of 10 years, Tyler Tessier. Laura was 14 weeks pregnant at the time of her murder with a Baby Boy named Reid. Under current Maryland Law, the State is unable to prosecute Tyler Tessier for the death of Reid based on Baby Reid's gestational age.
Currently, if a pregnant woman is attacked and the child within her is killed as a result, the perpetrator will either: (1) be charged with manslaughter/murder (if the fetus is viable), or (2) be charged with no crime at all with respect to the fetus if it is less than 24 weeks old. This bill makes it murder or manslaughter when a person (i) intends to cause the death of the fetus, (ii) intends to cause serious physical injury to the fetus, or (iii) recklessly disregards the likelihood that the person's action would cause serious injury or death to the fetus. The bill also clarifies that NOTHING in the section applies to a woman's right to act, fail to act, or choose to terminate her pregnancy, nor does it apply to a licensed medical professional if a fetal death occurs in the course of administering lawful medical care. The bill specifically states that "Nothing in this section shall be construed to confer personhood or any rights on the unborn child."
THIS BILL HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE OR ANY PART OF ABORTION LAW.
Laura and Reid's Law is extremely important to pass in Maryland as it is a major hole in the current law that doesn't protect pregnant women when they are most vunerable....their first trimester.
38 states have fetal homicide laws and at least 23 of these states have fetal homicide laws that apply to the earliest stages of pregnancy, including the state of California.
Please help protect women in Maryland for the future, in the name of Laura Wallen and son Reid.
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