Friday, March 26, 2004

Good news:

Dear Feminist for Life,

Thank you for encouraging your senators to support the Unborn Victims of
Violence Act—also known as Laci and Conner’s Law—and to oppose both the
Feinstein and Murray amendments.

On March 25, 2004, the Senate passed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act by
a vote of 61-38. The President has promised to sign the bill.

Women and men overwhelmingly support the Unborn Victims of Violence Act
(UVVA), which recognizes an unborn child as a legal victim when the child
is injured or killed during the commission of a federal crime of violence
against a pregnant woman.

As you know, Sens. Feinstein and Murray proposed amendments, which were
designed to kill, or at least vitiate, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Sen. Feinstein’s amendment refused to recognize that crimes of violence
against a pregnant woman have two victims. The Feinstein alternative
failed by a vote of 49-50.

Sen. Murray’s long and burdensome requirements would have mired the UVVA
and rendered it ineffective. The Murray Amendment needed 60 votes to waive
a budget point of order to proceed, but failed by a vote of 46-53.

It was an honor to testify on your behalf before the U.S. House Judiciary
Constitution Subcommittee in support of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act
(http://www.feministsforlife.org/news/serrinuvva.htm).

Please accept my heartfelt thanks for making sure your Senators and
Representatives knew that you supported this important legislation.

Together we will continue our work to protect both women and children from
all forms of violence.

For women, for life,

Serrin M. Foster
President

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