DENVER (AP) - Crimes against pregnant woman would be punished with a new statute that Colorado Democrats are proposing.
The debate over punishment for killing a pregnant woman's child has sparked fervent discussion from both sides of the abortion debate.
Lawmakers say they're trying to avoid a fight over abortion, and focus on creating a new law to properly punish crimes against pregnant women.
A bill up for a vote in the House Judiciary committee Tuesday would create new felony charges for unlawful termination of a pregnancy.
The bill also creates an offense for vehicular unlawful termination of a pregnancy.
Republicans have tried passing bills to create such punishments, but Democrats have argued their proposals create a route to ban or restrict abortions.