Sarah Milosevic holds the lifeless body of her daughter Sophie Ella who lost her life in a car accident seven days before she was due to be born.
Sarah Milosevic holds the lifeless body of her daughter Sophie Ella who lost her life in a car accident seven days before she was due to be born. Contributed

LNP faithful back 'Sophie's Law' to protect unborn

GRASSROOTS LNP members have backed a Hatton Vale family's campaign to protect unborn babies killed by violence.

Sarah and Peter Milosevic's unborn baby Sophie was killed in August 2014, just seven days before she was due to be born, when a drunk and high driver crashed his car into theirs.

Despite Sophie being issued a birth and death certificate after the crash, the car's driver Rodney Leigh Shaw was not charged with her death. He was convicted of driving offences and fined $950.

On Friday Mrs Milosevic appealed to the LNP State Convention in Brisbane to support her call for "Sophie's Law" to protect unborn children killed as a result of violence.

"Because of the void in the law the man that was responsible for her death was not charged (with her death)," she said.

"I ask that the branches here today (support) the Unborn Victims of Violence Act so that any future babies that are lost because of reckless acts are protected under the law and the people that are responsible are charged with the death of those babies."

Pre-selected Lockyer LNP candidate Jim MacDonald said the proposal would not impact the legality of abortion, but was about stopping violent crimes against the unborn.

"It's about filling a gap in the law, a clear gap," he said.

"We're not talking about (abortion), this is a focus on an illegal act that has caused a death."

A spokeswoman for Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said she had met with the Milosevics and the government was considering action.

"Sophie Milosevic's story is unbearably sad and I feel enormous sympathy for her parents who want changes to the law," she said.

"Reform in this area is under active consideration but it is an incredibly complex area of law with potential for wider ramifications so must be weighed up carefully."

Shadow attorney-general Ian Walker told the convention he was aware of the proposed Sophie's Law and the parliamentary team would consider the grassroots support.

The convention heard Queensland law already protects unborn children against intentional acts of violence against pregnant women.

The LNP convention supported the move. The parliamentary LNP is not bound to adhere to resolutions passed at the convention.

- NewsRegional

News Corp Australia


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