Illinois Statutes Chapter 720. Criminal Offenses §-3.1.Battery of an unborn child;  aggravated battery of an unborn child

§ 12-3.1.  Battery of an unborn child;  aggravated battery of an unborn child.

(a) A person commits battery of an unborn child if he or she knowingly without legal justification and by any means causes bodily harm to an unborn child.

(a-5) A person commits aggravated battery of an unborn child when, in committing a battery of an unborn child, he or she knowingly causes great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to an unborn child.

(b) For purposes of this Section, (1) “unborn child” shall mean any individual of the human species from fertilization until birth, and (2) “person” shall not include the pregnant woman whose unborn child is harmed.

(c) Sentence.  Battery of an unborn child is a Class A misdemeanor.  Aggravated battery of an unborn child is a Class 2 felony.

(d) This Section shall not apply to acts which cause bodily harm to an unborn child if those acts were committed during any abortion, as defined in Section 2 of the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975, as amended,  1 to which the pregnant woman has consented.  This Section shall not apply to acts which were committed pursuant to usual and customary standards of medical practice during diagnostic testing or therapeutic treatment.

1 720 ILCS 510/2.

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