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General Assembly



January Session, 2009

LCO No. 7984



Offered by:


SEN. DEBICELLA, 21st Dist.


To: House Bill No. 6578

File No. 726

Cal. No. 661

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. Section 53a-59c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2009):

(a) A person is guilty of assault of a pregnant woman resulting in termination of pregnancy when such person commits assault in the first degree as provided under subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 53a-59 and (1) the victim of such assault is pregnant, and (2) such assault results in the termination of pregnancy that does not result in a live birth.

(b) In any prosecution for an offense under this section, it shall be an affirmative defense that the actor, at the time such actor engaged in the conduct constituting the offense, did not know that the victim was pregnant.

(c) Assault of a pregnant woman resulting in termination of pregnancy is a class A felony and any person found guilty under this section shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of which twenty years of the sentence imposed may not be suspended or reduced by the court. "