The Unborn Victims of Violence Act Law and Legal Definition

The Unborn Victims of Violence Act ("Act") is a federal legislation that provides protection to unborn children. This Act was created in 2004 and was established pursuant to 18 U.S.C.S. § 1841. The term ‘unborn child’ means a child in utero, and the term ‘child in utero’ or ‘child, who is in utero’ means a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb. The Act prohibits any person who violates certain laws and causing death of, or bodily injury to, a child, who is in utero. However, the Act excludes prosecution for conduct relating to an abortion for which the consent of the pregnant woman, or a person authorized by law to act on her behalf, has been obtained or for which such consent is implied by law.