Central Coast residents are encouraged to provide feedback to the NSW Government on proposed reforms to recognise the loss of an unborn child that results from a third party criminal act.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said an Exposure Draft Bill has been released for community consultation.
“I know many people in our community feel strongly about this issue, which is why the NSW Government is providing an opportunity for everyone to have a say,” Mr Crouch said.
“The Exposure Draft Bill includes amendments which recognise that the loss of an unborn child falls into a unique and especially serious category of harm.
“It’s important that we strike a balance between acknowledging the loss of victims of crime, while appropriately punishing offenders, which is why the Government is providing an opportunity for everyone to provide feedback.”
The Crimes Legislation (Offences Against Pregnant Women) Bill would strengthen existing laws in the following ways:
The Exposure Draft Bill has been developed on the basis of expert advice and stakeholder feedback. Submissions can be made until 29 January 2021 at: www.nsw.gov.au/have-your-say/loss-of-pregnancy-and-criminal-law.