More action on "Alexa's Law" at the Statehouse today. It would make killing or hurting an unborn child a separate crime. The House already passed the measure and today, 13's Lindsay Shively was at the Senate Committee hearing on the measure.
The law is named for Alexa Lynn Brooks, the unborn child of Chelsea Brooks, who was murdered in Wichita last year.
The Brooks family told us today that testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee was especially important because they say they know there's opposition in the Senate.
Pictures are all the Brooks family has to remember Chelsea, and sonograms are all that's left to remember Alexa, the grandaughter they never got the chance to know. "This is all i have."
The Brooks and a Topeka woman shared their tragic stories of losing an unborn child. And their frustration that Kansas has no law for the rights of their lost unborn children...
"My question is, is harming an unborn child, whether that should be a crime. I think the answer is yes" A law they say 34 other states already have.
"I have a granddaughter that was murdered and there is no justice for her." "After tearful testimony from the supporters of this bill, opponents question if these tragic events are enough to support a bill that may do more than its intended."
Even though the law specifically omits abortion and other medical procedures, opponents call it a slippery slope. "How far can it be then to outlaw abortion?"
Opponents say they are also worried this proposal could make prosecuting domestic abuse more difficult."What if a woman objects to pregnancy testing in a battery...because she doesn't want to get the person who battered her in trouble, then what happens?"
For now, that's for the senate judiciary committee to decide. "It's just a battle every day, just waiting, waiting for them to make a decision is going to be difficult."
After a full hour of testimony today, the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote possibly next wednesday...and if they pass the bill, it will move to the senate floor for debate.