Bill allows wrongful death suits on behalf of unborn

JACKSON – A person could sue under the state’s wrongful death statute on behalf of an unborn child under a House bill.

House Bill 1338 is generating debate because some lawmakers are unsure of the intent of the bill while others believe it could lead to more lawsuits.

“Is it a pro-life bill?” asked state Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis.

State Rep. Joey Hood, R-Ackerman, who handed the bill on the House floor; said he considers it pro-life legislation.

“We are trying to protect the unborn child,” Hood said. “Who is protecting the unborn child?”

Hattiesburg American
2/15/15