Tuesday, March 02, 2004

By the way...


PRO-LIFE VICTORY -- House Passes Unborn Victims of Violence Act: Next Step, The Senate Vote
February 26, 2004
Today the House passed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act by a measure of 254 to 163. This much needed fetal homicide legislation would recognize unborn children as victims when they are injured or killed during the commission of a federal crime.

The Bush Administration strongly supports the Unborn Victims of Violence Act and encouraged Members to promptly pass the H.R. 1997 in a statement released yesterday.

The bipartisan vote included all of the pro-life female Members of the House of Representatives: Marsha Blackburn (TN); Barbara Cubin (WY); Jo Ann Davis (VA); Jo Ann Emerson (MO); Katherine Harris (FL); Melissa Hart (PA) (the sponsor of the Act); Candice Miller (MI); Marilyn Musgrave (CO); Sue Myrick (NC); Anne Northup (KY); Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL).

The House also defeated a "single-victim" substitute, which would have only increased the penalties for a crime where an unborn child was hurt or killed, but would not have recognized that child as the second victim.

"This bill says it like it is: there are two victims when an expectant mother and her unborn child are hurt," said Jennifer Bingham, Executive Director of the Susan B. Anthony List. Click Here to view the SBA List complete Press Release.

The next and most difficult step in enacting this bill, also known as Laci and Conner's Law, will be passing it through the Senate. The SBA List has generated over 140,000 letters and petitions on this issue, but we cannot stop there. Click Here to send a letter to your Senators to ask them to support of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Click Here to learn more about the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.