Several U.S. states, but not Colorado, currently have separate laws that impose criminal penalties if an assault against a pregnant woman causes a miscarriage or the death of a fetus. Colorado may soon have a similar law on its books if state legislators pass a bill recently imposed in the state House, according to a report from KOAA.
Currently, Colorado law allows a miscarriage or the death of a fetus to be considered in sentencing, but not charged as a separate crime. If a person is convicted of an assault or homicide against a pregnant woman that also killed the developing fetus, the court may consider that fact when deciding whether or not to impose a harsher sentence. Additionally, a jury may consider it when deciding whether to impose a life sentence or the death penalty.