MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama legislators reached a compromise today that they said should speed passage of legislation that recognizes two victims instead of one when a pregnant woman is assaulted or killed.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the compromise on an unanimous vote. The bill now goes to the Senate, where proponents predict it will pass next week.
The compromise still covers pregnancies from conception, but it contains new language that says the legislation can't be used against legal abortions or against a woman who has a miscarriage.
The compromise drew praise from Roger Parker, whose daughter was eight months pregnant when she was gunned down last year in Albertivlle. Parker says the compromise means that something positive will come out of his family's tragedy.