Choking pregnant women may be felony in Oregon

Strangulation in Oregon is currently a misdemeanor

The chamber of the Oregon House of Representatives, Feb. 2, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
The chamber of the Oregon House of Representatives, Feb. 2, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers are considering a proposal that would make it a felony to choke a pregnant woman.

Choking someone in Oregon is currently a misdemeanor, though there are certain things than can push the charge up to felony. Those can include choking someone in the presence of a child or if the victim is under 10-years-old.

It’s also a felony to assault a woman the offender knows is pregnant. Supporters say the bill is meant to bring parity to the laws for assault and choking.

The bill received overwhelming bipartisan support, but opponents said they were concerned the measure could lead to increases in the Department of Corrections budget.

The measure has already passed both chambers but the House must agree to changes made in the Senate.

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