NH Fetal Homicide Bills

Fetal homicide legislation has was first introduced in New Hampshire two decades ago. This page contains links to coverage of New Hampshire fetal homicide bills since this blog was founded in 2012. For an overview of what such bills are about, start with Dominick’s Law, a post from 2012. 

Most recent posts are listed first.  

 2017: HB 156 and SB 66

June 30: Governor Sununu signs Sarah and Griffin’s Law, finally giving New Hampshire a fetal homicide law.
June 23: House and Senate accept correction of drafting error.

June 19: Dispute threatens SB 66.

June 5: Situational personhood during House session.

June 1: House approves SB 66.

May 23: House committee votes to reconsider its “retain” decision on SB 66, and instead votes to recommend passage.

May 9: House committee retains SB 66, preventing House action on fetal homicide legislation before 2018.

March 27: It’s time to nudge the House committee considering SB 66.

February 16: House retains HB 156 while Senate amends and passes SB 66

February 6: Differences between this year’s bills, and a reminder of what happens when there’s no fetal homicide law in place.

February 3: House hearing on HB 156, the latest version of Griffin’s Law.

2016: HB 560 is carried over to new session

May 23: Fetal homicide legislation quietly dies as House and Senate fail to agree on language

April 20: Why not consult the state Supreme Court about the language of a fetal homicide bill? 

January 15: What’s the one question that belongs front and center in the fetal homicide debate?

January 7: Senate committee OK’s amended fetal homicide bill

2015: One bill in House, another in Senate (HB 560, SB 40)

June 19: Impasse for now; no NH fetal homicide bill this year.

June 15: Committee of conference stymied on fetal homicide legislation.

May 12: Senate to vote on sending Griffin’s Law back to committee

May 7: NH House passes 2nd fetal homicide bill; back to Senate The House amends SB 40 to make it in line with Griffin’s Law, HB 560.

March 31: Senate fetal homicide bill: notes on a hearing The Crucitti family appeals to the House Judiciary Committee to support SB 40 in memory of their daughter.

March 11: Griffin’s Law gets House OK On a vote of 208-155, the House passes HB 560.

March 6: Tell them to their faces: fetal homicide bills at risk again Despite compelling testimony from the Crucitti family and the family of Griffin Kenison, fetal homicide legislation is jeopardized by legislators who see a threat to abortion rights where none exists.

February 17: Senate fetal homicide bill brings out a family’s devastating loss At the Senate hearing introducing SB 40, Deana Crucitti testifies about how her full-term preborn daughter was killed when a careless driver hit Ms. Crucitti’s car – and how her daughter’s death was not counted as homicide under New Hampshire law.

February 16: Rep. Rideout re-introduces Griffin’s Law   As he did last year, Rep. Rideout asks the House to move New Hampshire in line with the more than three dozen other states with fetal homicide laws by passing HB 560. Rideout’s daughter Ashlyn was seven months pregnant with Griffin when a car crash left her badly injured; Griffin was then delivered prematurely and died from injuries sustained in the wreck. No charge against the offending driver was possible regarding Griffin’s death.


2014: Griffin’s Law (HB 1503)

CAM00397December 30: Activists of the year Recognizing the Kenison and Rideout families for their advocacy for a fetal homicide law.

September 30: Rep. Rideout and the continuing work for Griffin’s Law  An interview with Leon Rideout about his plans for the 2015 session.

April 24: Twelve Senators said no  In committee, senators managed to restore the bill’s original language that had been stripped in the House. Unfortunately, in the full Senate, with one Republican voting with all the Senate Democrats, Griffin’s Law is tabled. It gets no further action, so the tabling motion effectively killed the bill.

March 19: House says “let’s change the subject” to Griffin’s Law The New Hampshire House strips HB 1503 of its fetal homicide language, replacing it with a bill to allow “enhanced penalties” for anyone convicted of killing a pregnant woman.

March 5: When chivalry isn’t enough With Griffin’s grandparents looking on, a House committee guts the language of HB 1503.

February 14: Sponsor sees trouble Rep. Leon Rideout warns of a move to change the bill.

February 5: “We’re on a crusade”: the Rideout and Kenison families speak out at House committee hearing on Griffin’s Law.

February 3: Preview of House committee hearing


2013: Rep. Rideout prepares for next year

December 16: “Why I’m filing Griffin’s Law”   Leon Rideout describes how the death of his preborn grandson made his family painfully aware of the need for a fetal homicide law in New Hampshire. He calls former Gov. Lynch’s veto of the last fetal homicide bill “a black mark forever on his legacy.”

September 30: Five reasons to watch NH legislators in 2014 The first hint of a new fetal homicide bill is revealed.


2012: Dominick’s Law (HB 217)

June 27: On Veto Day, Fetal Homicide bill falls just short In an attempt to override Governor Lynch’s veto, the House falls short of the necessary two-thirds majority to save HB 217.

June 26: Rx for Fear: Read the Bill   Opponents of fetal homicide legislation are resorting to scare tactics again. Best counter to that: reading HB 217.

June 19: Governor Lynch vetoes fetal homicide bill, HB 217

May 31: Gov. Lynch faces a decision

May 20: Bill status, and the first clue of what the Governor thinks of it

May 6: Senate schedules vote  Overcoming scare tactics used by opponents who imagine (wrongly) that fetal homicide legislation is a threat to abortion rights and IVF, the Senate gets ready to vote on HB 217.

May 2: Senate calls time-out  Questions come up about fetal homicide legislation’s effect on the practice of in vitro fertilization.

April 23: Dominick’s Law comes to the Senate  After a challenging passage through the House, HB 217 is presented to senators. This is the first coverage in this blog of fetal homicide legislation.