“Drew’s Law” will be considered Thursday for the third and final reading by the Senate. If it is approved by the Senate, it then moves to the House of Representatives where it will be assigned to a committee. State Senator Allen Paul, R-Richmond, agreed to sponsor the bill for the Campbellstown, Ohio, couple after Danielle Steinberger contacted him last fall. The final read for the bill in the Senate is this Friday.
Senator Pflum, D-Milton states he would be honored to be the bill’s House sponsor. Pflum states that “Drew’s Law” has generated discussion among the House and he see no opposition at this time. Bills are trying to move quickly through the chambers this year because the session is projected to end March 1st instead of March 14th to save the taxpayers’ money. (Pal-Item)
The bill is named for the unborn son of Danielle and Dustin Steinberger. He died when Danielle was hit head on by a drunk driver on New Year’s Eve 2007. Danielle testified before the committee Jan 5th. Indiana law does not consider an unborn child a person, so causing its death would not cause the criminal charges that it does in some states. The bill would make it a crime to terminate a pregnancy by impaired driving or reckless behavior.
Berry, 49, was issued a traffic citation for the accident. Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where both Steinberger and Berry were hospitalized, didn’t perform the blood work Indiana requires to determine if Berry was impaired at the time of the accident. Berry’s driver’s license was suspended after the crash by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles because he had no insurance.(WTHR.com)
“I was only about two miles from Ohio, where it’s already a crime,” Danielle said of causing the death of an unborn child. “As soon as I found out in the hospital there were no laws protecting the unborn in Indiana, I knew we were going to do something to change that.”
To support passage of Drew’s Law, an online petition is available at www.supportdrewslaw.com
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