(720 ILCS 5/12-3.1)
(from Ch. 38, par. 12-3.1)
Battery of an unborn child; aggravated battery of an unborn child.
(a) A person commits battery
of an unborn child if he or she knowingly without legal
justification and by any means causes bodily harm to an unborn child.
(a-5) A person commits aggravated battery of an unborn child when, in committing a battery of an unborn child, he or she knowingly causes great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to an unborn child.
(b) For purposes of this Section, (1) "unborn child" shall mean any
individual of the human species from fertilization until birth, and (2)
"person" shall not include the pregnant woman whose unborn child is harmed.
(c) Sentence. Battery of an unborn child is a Class A misdemeanor. Aggravated battery of an unborn child is a Class 2 felony.
(d) This Section shall not apply to acts which cause bodily harm to an
unborn child if those acts were committed during any abortion, as defined
in Section 2 of the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975, as amended, to which the
pregnant woman has
consented. This Section shall not apply to acts which were committed
pursuant to usual and customary standards of medical practice during
diagnostic testing or therapeutic treatment.
(Source: P.A. 96-1551, eff. 7-1-11