CHAPTER CCCXXXVII. {Public Laws of 1872}

 

A Further Supplement to an act entitled "An Act for the punishment of Crimes."

 

‘1. BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey, That if any person or persons ma­liciously, or without lawful justification, with intent to cause and procure the miscarriage of a woman then pregnant with child, shall administer to her, prescribe for her, or advise or direct her to take or swallow any poison, drug, medicine, or noxious thing, and if any person or persons maliciously, and without lawful justification, shall use any instrument or means whatever with the like intent, shall, on conviction thereof, be Adjudged guilty of a high misdemeanor; and if the woman or child die in consequence thereof, shall be punished by fine not exceeding one thousand dollars, and imprisonment at hard labor for a term not less than ten years; and in case the woman or child do not die in consequence thereof, such offender on conviction thereof shall be adjudged guilty of a misdemeanor, and be punished by fine not exceeding five hundred dollars and imprisonment at hard labor for a term not less than two years.

 

2. And be, it enacted, That any person offending against either of the provisions of this act shall be competent witness against any other person so offending, and maybe compelled to appear and give evidence before any magistrate, grand jury, or in any court, in the same manner as other persons; but the testimony so given shall not be used in prosecution or proceeding, civil and criminal, against the person so testifying.

 

3. And be it enacted, That section one hundred and three of the supplement of the act to which this is a further sup­plement, be and the same is hereby repealed.

 

4. And be it enacted, That this act shall take effect imme­diately.

 

Approved March 26, 1872.