The Maria Lauterbach murder case sparked nationwide attention around the issue of a fetal homicide law in North Carolina.
Right now, according to state law, a person who kills a pregnant woman can not be charged with the resulting death of the unborn child.
North Carolina is only 1 of 12 states without the law, the only state without the law in the south. However, the family of a murdered pregnant woman, Jenna Nielsen is fighting to change that.
With the help of Representative Trudi Walend, the family is supporting a bill that seeks a separate murder charge for unborn victims of violence. Nielsen was murdered in June of 2007, while delivering newspapers in Raleigh.
Rep. Walend says opposers to house bill 263, fear a fetal homicide law will reverse Roe vs. Wade.