Bill looking to increase penalty for assaulting pregnant women passes Texas House

(Photo: Office of State Representative Brooks Landgraf)

AUSTIN, Tx. (KOSA) -- Those found guilty of hurting pregnant women may soon face tougher punishments in Texas.

State Representative Brooks Landgraf's House Bill 902, which would make an assault of a pregnant woman a third-degree felony, passed through the Texas House of Representatives on Wednesday.

"The Texas House joined me today in making a clear statement that when a pregnant woman is assaulted, both the mother and the unborn child are victims, a more severe punishment for the attacker is justified,” Landgraf said in a release.

The bill will now go to the Texas Senate. If it passes there as well it will go to Governor Greg Abbott for approval.