CJUS 400 Discussion 3

Topic: Fetal Homicide

Discuss the following questions concerning the state of fetal homicide law. While some discussion of abortion is natural in this assignment, be sure that you answer the questions about fetal homicide law, which is the focus of this section.

Why is it in the public’s interest to make it a separate crime to kill a fetus?

Is there a conflict between fetal homicide laws and abortion rights? If so, how is the conflict resolved?

There are 3 standards used to determine whether a fetus is a “person” for purposes of homicide law: the born-alive standard, the viability standard, and the conceptions standard. Discuss each standard and explain which standard should be used in modern statutes.

Find and provide a copy of a fetal homicide statute.

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