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Dangerous Driving

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals for legislation to provide for an offence of causing the death of an unborn baby by dangerous driving; what recent representations he has received on this issue; and if he will make a statement. (158376)

There are no current plans to introduce a specific offence of causing death of an unborn child by dangerous driving. We do not believe such an offence is necessary. Dangerous driving is already an offence. If an unborn child is killed but the mother survives, the driver could be charged with causing the mother grievous bodily harm under section 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 if they acted recklessly. We have received one petition with 910 signatures about this issue.