State toughens protections for pregnant women

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – There are now tougher laws in place to protect pregnant women against violence.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signed legislation into law today that expands the current penalties for assault and/or battery of a pregnant woman regardless of the relationship to the woman.

“Physical violence against anyone is unacceptable, but violence against pregnant women is especially terrible and should be strongly punished regardless of the attacker’s relationship to the woman,” Calley said. “Updating this law shows that violence will not be tolerated in our state.”

The penalty now for a conviction for assaulting and battery of a pregnant woman could be up to a year in jail, a $1,000 fine or both.

Lt. Gov. Calley signed the legislation because Governor Snyder is in Europe on a trade mission.

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