NSW to review unborn child laws

Smilebox SummerA RETIRED judge will conduct a new review into NSW laws involving the deaths of unborn children, state Attorney-General John Hatzistergos says.

It comes after Central Coast couple Brodie Donegan and Nick Ball lost their baby, named Zoe, after the motorist, who was allegedly high on drugs, hit Ms Donegan as she walked near her Ourimbah home on Christmas Day 2009.

Her baby was stillborn following the accident.  The motorist was charged with dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm and driving under the influence of drugs.  There have been calls by the opposition, road-user and right to life groups for the charges to be upgraded to manslaughter and for a review of the laws governing such cases.

Mr Hatzistergos today said former Supreme Court judge Justice Michael Campbell would conduct a review.

The new review follows a previous examination of the laws by another retired judge in 2002, which resulted in the extension of grievous bodily harm laws but raised potential problems with manslaughter charges in such cases.

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