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What should I know about feticide in Georgia?

When you find out you are pregnant, it is a joyous time, and you are likely excitedly anticipating the birth of your child. That is why losing a child at any stage of pregnancy can be devastating. Some states, Georgia included, have laws that not only protect your rights, but also those of your fetus. According to National Conference of State Legislatures, the state has multiple laws pertaining to the accidental or malicious death of a fetus with some of the strictest laws in the country, giving rights to an unborn child at any stage of pregnancy. Legally, this type of fatality may be considered feticide if a person causes the death of your unborn child by harming you. 

Feticide can be committed in more than one way. For example, if your unborn child dies as a result of an auto or boating accident, the person who caused the harm that led to the death may be charged with feticide. Both of these are often accidental in nature, but incidents that involve a watercraft can be a first or second degree crime, depending on the circumstances.

However, willfully causing harm to the mother that results in the unborn baby’s death is the direct definition of feticide. This could be a situation where you are a victim of a violent attack and your baby dies as a result. In this case, the person who attacked you could be sentenced to life in prison. Penalties for the other types vary depending on the circumstances. While this information may give you a basic understanding of feticide, it should not be considered legal advice.

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