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DENVER — A Colorado woman accused of cutting an unborn baby from a pregnant woman has been charged with attempted murder, assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

Prosecutors filed the charges against 34-year-old Dynel Lane on Friday for her alleged attack on Michelle Wilkins.

The case has revived a debate over the point at which a fetus can legally be considered a human being.

Prosecutors announced earlier that murder wouldn’t be among Lane’s charges because of evidence the baby didn’t survive after being removed from the mother.

Colorado has rejected proposals to make the violent death of a fetus a homicide.

The unlawful termination charge was filed under a new law intended to be a compromise between opponents and supporters of abortion rights.


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