NSW manslaughter laws for unborn babies under spotlight

Manslaughter laws in NSW could soon be under review after the tragic death of a pregnant woman and her unborn twins.

Katherine Hoang was heavily pregnant when she and a teenage passenger died in the head-on collision west of Sydney earlier this month.

However the driver of the other car, who was allegedly unlicensed and speeding, can’t be charged over the deaths of the unborn babies.

At this point the man has been charged with two counts of manslaughter over the death of the expectant mother and teenager.

NSW is now considering changes that would enable charges to be brought if a foetus is lost following a criminal act. Currently the death of an unborn baby is considered serious injury to the mother.

Katherine Hoang, 23 who was just a week away from giving birth died in a crash on September 28 long weekend. Her husband Bronko survived.

Katherine Hoang, 23 who was just a week away from giving birth died in a crash on September 28 long weekend. Her husband Bronko survived.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was horrified by the accident, and is planning to speak to police and members of the public about changing the laws.

She added it is a complex issue, but is pushing to restart the conversation and see if changes can and should be made.

In 2014 similar laws were passed through the Lower House but did not make it through the Upper House.

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