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  • Bobby Cutts Appears in Court, Says He Didn't Kill Jesse, Chloe Davis

    06/26/2007 8:57:42 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 12 replies · 1,848+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | June 26, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Canton, OH (LifeNews.com) -- Canton police officer Bobby Cutts appeared in court on Monday and said he didn't kill his girlfriend Jesse Davis and her nine-month-old unborn child Chloe. The case is the latest to draw the nation's attention to violence against pregnant women and how they are frequently targeted because of their pregnancy. Cutts is behind held on $5 million bond and has been charged both for the murder of Jesse Davis and under an Ohio unborn victims law that allows a second charge when an unborn child is killed. The law is similar to the one used to...
  • Warren Hern's Revenge

    02/13/2006 12:12:22 PM PST · by Lesforlife · 19 replies · 717+ views
    Life News ^ | February 9, 2006 | Steve Ertelt
    Colorado Cmte Kills Bill to Protect Pregnant Women From Violence by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor February 9, 2006 Denver, CO (LifeNews.com) -- On a party line vote Thursday, Democratic members of a Colorado legislative panel killed legislation that would have protected pregnant women and their babies before birth by allowing criminals who assault them and kill or injure their child to be prosecuted for two crimes. The House Judiciary Committee vote upset families members of those who have been victims of such violence. Colorado Springs resident Erin-Lea Hanson told the Coloradoan newspaper that her unborn grandson "had as much a...
  • Man Charged With Attempted First Degree Homicide of an Unborn Child Pleads Guilty

    12/02/2005 10:19:27 AM PST · by mukraker · 15 replies · 766+ views
    WSAW TV 7 ^ | Amanda Lutz
    In October, 25-year-old Robert Elliott pleaded guilty to four charges, including attempted first degree homicide of an unborn child. Thursday, he was sentenced for his crimes. Lincoln County (WI) District Attorney Don Dunphy calls this case one of the most heinous and vicious crimes he's ever seen. Back in January, 25-year-old Robert Elliott repeatedly beat his pregnant wife, intending to harm their unborn child, and abusing her in front of their children. Prosecutors say Elliott's abuse caused major trauma to the fetus...his wife eventually miscarried. He pleaded guilty to charges in October, and his reportedly violent outbursts were reason enough...
  • Petersons' Son's Murder Raises Right to Life Issues

    12/14/2004 9:58:16 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 14 replies · 811+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Dec 14, 2004 | Limbacher
    The jury's sentence of death for Scott Peterson may have grabbed the most media attention but another issue related to the celebrated case may have a lasting legal effect: abortion. The case "put the unborn child on the map for everyone to see," Randy Thomasson of the Campaign for California Families told USA Today. He was right. The killing of Connor Peterson was a key factor in the jury's decision to impose the death penalty on his killer, and the state law that allowed an unborn child to be deemed a murder victim created a serious legal problem for the...
  • Kentucky Man Charged Under Unborn Victims Law After Beating Pregnant Wife

    11/26/2004 8:09:04 AM PST · by RepCath · 7 replies · 385+ views
    LifeNews ^ | 11-24-2004 | Steven Ertelt
    Louisville, KY (LifeNews.com) -- A Kentucky man is being charged under a new law after beating his pregnant wife so severely that her unborn child died as a result. Eric Adam Trask was arrested Tuesday in the assault of his wife Samantha E. Trask and the death of her 5 month-old unborn baby. He was also charged with violating a protective order prohibiting him from having contact with her. The Unborn Victims of Violence Act protects pregnant women and allows prosecutors to charge criminals who kill or injure an unborn child in an attack on a pregnant woman with two...
  • Kentucky Man Charged Under Unborn Victims Law After Beating Pregnant Wife

    11/25/2004 8:05:49 PM PST · by cpforlife.org · 26 replies · 737+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | November 24, 2004 | Steven Ertelt
    Louisville, KY (LifeNews.com) -- A Kentucky man is being charged under a new law after beating his pregnant wife so severely that her unborn child died as a result. Eric Adam Trask was arrested Tuesday in the assault of his wife Samantha E. Trask and the death of her 5 month-old unborn baby. He was also charged with violating a protective order prohibiting him from having contact with her. The Unborn Victims of Violence Act protects pregnant women and allows prosecutors to charge criminals who kill or injure an unborn child in an attack on a pregnant woman with two...
  • Unborn Victims of Violence Act

    07/09/2003 7:49:24 AM PDT · by hinterlander · 382+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | July 9, 2003
    There is an item on the Senate's legislative calendar of which I was recently reminded by a good friend. The bill is S. 1019, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, and was introduced by Sen. Mike DeWine (R.-Ohio) on May 7, 2003. In his introduction of the bill, Sen. DeWine noted, "In about half of the States today, 26, if you commit a crime of violence against a pregnant woman and her unborn baby dies, you can be punished for the violence against both the mother and the unborn child. But, tragically, if you commit a Federal crime of violence...
  • AP Bias Evident in Peterson Verdict Article Referring to "Fetus" Instead of "Baby"

    11/13/2004 7:40:58 AM PST · by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh · 32 replies · 928+ views
    The Associated Press (via Ventura County Star) ^ | 11/13/04 | By Brian Skoloff, The Associated Press
    REDWOOD CITY -- Scott Peterson was convicted Friday of murdering his pregnant wife and dumping her body in San Francisco Bay -- the conclusion to a case prosecutors portrayed as a cold-blooded attempt to escape marriage and fatherhood for the pleasures of a bachelor life. Jurors found the former fertilizer salesman guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Laci, and guilty of second-degree murder in the death of the fetus she carried.
  • Conner Peterson --- a jury agrees that a baby was murdered in the womb

    11/12/2004 2:07:48 PM PST · by doug from upland · 120 replies · 5,207+ views
    DFU | 11-12-04 | Doug from Upland
    Unlike the case of the famous athlete who walked away free after murdering two people, a California jury today did the right thing. Scott Peterson was judged guilty of first degree murder of his wife Laci. And he was judged guilty of second degree murder of his son Conner who was within weeks of entering the world. Two lessons were taught today. First, that even in my state, the land of movie stars, breast augmentation, gay pride, illegal immigrants, fruits, nuts, and whackjobs, sometimes people here can do the right thing. Second, inside Laci was not just a group of...
  • Kerry Voted Nay on H.R.1997(Laci and Conner's Law) Which Protects Pregnant Women and Unborn Children

    08/19/2004 7:41:53 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 17 replies · 383+ views
    Senate.Gov ^ | Mar 25, 2004
    U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 108th Congress - 2nd Session As complied through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate Vote Summary Question: On Passage of the Bill(H.R. 1997) Vote Number 63 Vote Date: March 25, 2004, 05:39 PM Required For Majority: 1/2. Vote Result: Bill Passed Measure Number H.R. 1997 (Laci and Conner's Law) Measure Title: A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice to protect unborn children from assault and murder, and for other purposes. Vote Counts: YEAs 61 NAYs 38...
  • Expectant Victim [20 percent of women who die during pregnancy are murdered]

    08/04/2004 8:15:05 AM PDT · by Aquinasfan · 58 replies · 1,699+ views
    ABC News ^ | 8/4/04 | Bryan Robinson
    April 25 - While the media spotlight shines on the grisly recovery of Laci Peterson's remains in California, authorities 3,000 miles away in rural North Carolina made a less-publicized, equally grim — and far too common — discovery. On Monday, police found the remains of 20-year-old April Renee Greer, whose dismembered body was found in a trash can that had washed into a farmer's field. Greer was 8½ months pregnant when she was reported missing on March 8. Her boyfriend, Jerry Lynn Stuart, 27, has been charged with first-degree murder in the case. Meanwhile, the slaying of Evelyn Hernandez —...
  • Abortion: issue for Kerry that is hot to handle

    07/27/2004 9:35:04 AM PDT · by dead · 6 replies · 447+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | July 28, 2004 | Caroline Overington, Herald Correspondent in Boston
    Conner Peterson is dead, but he is still playing a critical role in this year's presidential election. Republicans are using him to show how deeply they care about the unborn. Democrats are ignoring him, because they do not want a debate over whether or not he had rights. Protesters at this week's Democratic Convention in Boston are raising his name to showcase what they say are some of the main differences between the two candidates for the White House. For many voters abortion is the most important political issue. Strangely, Conner was not an aborted baby. He was a much-wanted...
  • Teen charged in fetuses' deaths

    05/08/2004 12:56:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies · 190+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 8, 2004 | AP
    LUFKIN -- A Lufkin High School student has been charged with murder after police say he killed his unborn twin sons by beating his pregnant girlfriend. Gerardo Flores, 18, was arrested Friday afternoon by Lufkin police after his 16-year-old girlfriend delivered twin boys stillborn at home and sought medical attention at an East Texas hospital, an arrest affidavit states. The teen was five months pregnant. It could be one of the first cases prosecuted under a new Texas law that changes the definition of human life for a murder charge, The Lufkin Daily News reported today. Texas law now defines...
  • One-track minds: Abortion lobbyists see everything as an attack on Roe vs. Wade

    04/17/2004 3:20:34 AM PDT · by rhema · 11 replies · 202+ views
    WORLD ^ | 4/24/04 | Andree Seu
    A GUY GOES TO SEE A PSYCHIATRIST AND THE psychiatrist shows him a series of pictures to ascertain his mental health. He holds up a tree and says, "What do you see?" The man replies, "Sex." He shows him a lake and says, "What do you see?" The man replies, "Sex." Several more pictures of assorted items are shown, the patient responding "sex" to every one. The shrink finally says, "Sir, you have a problem; all you see is sex." The patient replies, "You're the one with all the dirty pictures." The old joke comes to mind as I reflect...
  • STANEK: Unborn Victims Act helps aborted victims

    04/01/2004 4:53:23 PM PST · by unspun · 15 replies · 228+ views
    The Illinois Leader ^ | 4/1/2004 | Jill Stanek
    Photo of Tracy Marciniak of Wisconsin holding her dead son, Zachariah, at his funeral. Zachariah was killed by his father when he punched Tracy in the stomach during her ninth month of pregnancy. He was convicted for injuring Tracy but not for killing Zachariah.(Photo courtesy of National Right to Life) OPINION -- In a statement released after last week’s passage of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act by the U.S. Senate, National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy warned, "Giving a fetus at any stage of development [emphasis hers] the same legal rights as the pregnant woman will undermine...
  • California toughens fetal-death statute

    04/05/2004 11:54:47 PM PDT · by kattracks · 5 replies · 191+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4/06/04 | AP
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The state Supreme Court strengthened California's fetal-homicide law yesterday, declaring that the killing of a pregnant woman counts as two homicides even if the perpetrator was unaware that the victim was pregnant.</p> <p>The 6-1 decision overturns a 2002 lower court ruling that said a killer must know the victim was pregnant to be guilty of killing the fetus.</p>
  • President Bush Signs Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004

    04/01/2004 8:05:51 PM PST · by Coleus · 12 replies · 571+ views
    The White House ^ | 04.01.04 | Office of the Press Secretary
     Home > News & Policies   For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretaryApril 1, 2004 President's Remarksview listen President Bush Signs Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004 Remarks by the President at Signing of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004The East Room 2:57 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you for coming. Thank you all. Please be seated. Thanks for the warm welcome. (Laughter.) Welcome to the people's house, the White House. I'm pleased that you all could be here for the first bill signing ceremony of the year 2004. The Unborn Victims of Violence Act provides...
  • DeLay: Protection for All Victims, Born and Unborn;

    04/01/2004 2:29:17 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 3 replies · 145+ views
    DeLay: Protection for All Victims, Born and Unborn; President Signs Unborn Victims of Violence Act Into Law 4/1/2004 3:46:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: Stuart Roy or Jonathan Grella, 202-225-4000, both of the Office of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay WASHINGTON, April 1 /U.S. Newswire/ -- House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) today commended President Bush for recognizing the loss of human life that occurs when an unborn child is the victim of a crime by signing the Unborn Victims of Violence Act into law. "This law rights a blatant and indefensible wrong by establishing what everyone already...
  • Sign Fetus Rights Bill

    04/01/2004 11:41:44 AM PST · by markv840 · 3 replies · 140+ views
    AP ^ | Thursday, aplil 1, 2004 | JENNIFER LOVEN
    Another win for the home team!
  • Bush Signs Law Against Harming Fetus

    04/01/2004 4:17:15 PM PST · by B-bone · 61 replies · 198+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 4/1/04 | Caren Bohan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush (news - web sites) on Thursday signed into law an act that would make it a separate federal crime to harm a pregnant woman's fetus, in a move likely to bolster his support with conservatives in an election-year. Bush gave his approval at a White House signing ceremony to the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act" which was passed by the U.S. Senate a week ago by a vote of 61-38. The measure has stirred controversy because abortion-rights supporters say it may open the door to an erosion of reproductive rights by assigning a separate legal...
  • Fetal Personhood Law Has Radical Implications for Freedom of Religion Says Religious Coalition

    04/01/2004 2:28:22 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 11 replies · 128+ views
    Fetal Personhood Law Has Radical Implications for Freedom of Religion Says Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice 4/1/2004 4:10:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: Marjorie Signer of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, 202-628-7700 ext. 12 or msigner@rcrc.org WASHINGTON, April 1 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The following is a statement of Reverend Carlton W. Veazey, president of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act: President Bush's signing today of the so-called "Unborn Victims of Violence Act" has radical implications for freedom of religion and conscience in America. As of today, this nation has enacted...
  • We cannot return to a time without choice

    03/30/2004 1:15:29 PM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 39 replies · 232+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/30/04 | Dianne Feinstein
    <p>Last week, the U.S. Senate passed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which, for the very first time, will put into federal law the concept that life begins at conception. Though I offered an alternative that would have had the same effect in criminal law without addressing this profound and deeply divisive question, anti-abortion advocates defeated the measure.</p>
  • A tough loss for left in abortion war

    03/30/2004 10:52:24 AM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies · 124+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 29 March 2004 | Cathy Young
    <p>THESE DAYS the most intense political battles over abortion are being fought on the periphery of the issue. There are no attempts at the moment to ban abortion by constitutional amendment or to overturn Roe v. Wade and send the matter back to the states. Rather, the current debates are about a ban on some late-term abortion procedures, which is now being challenged in court, and about a federal law making it a crime to cause the death of a fetus during an attack on a pregnant woman, which was passed by Congress last week.</p>
  • Senate Passes Bill Outlawing Violence Against Fetuses

    03/29/2004 4:03:49 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 3 replies · 125+ views
    PBS ^ | 3-29-04 | Annie Schleicher
    The U.S. Senate approved legislation Thursday that would make it a separate crime to injure or kill a fetus during a federal violent crime committed against a pregnant woman, upsetting critics who say it's an attempt to erode abortion rights. "Pregnant women who have been harmed by violence, and their families, know that there are two victims - the mother and the unborn child - and both victims should be protected by federal law," President Bush said in a statement issued Thursday night. The House of Representatives passed the legislation on Feb. 26 by a 254-163 vote. The Act The...
  • Uh-oh ... can't kill 'those' babies

    03/29/2004 9:57:02 AM PST · by Caleb1411 · 13 replies · 167+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 3/29/04 | Barbara Simpson
    It must be some form of insanity. In the year 2004, the U.S. Senate is defining what's growing in the uterus of a pregnant woman. And it did, in the Unborn Victims of Violence Act: "d) As used in this section, the term 'unborn child' means a child in utero, and the term 'child in utero' or 'child, who is in utero' means a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb." We knew that. When a woman is pregnant, she's going to have a baby. Not a puppy or a...
  • Kerry, Democrats Condemned for Votes Against Unborn Victims Act

    03/29/2004 6:52:42 AM PST · by sr4402 · 4 replies · 136+ views
    Talon News ^ | March 29, 2004 | Jeff Gannon
    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- Pro-life groups criticized Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) for his vote last week against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. The bill, also known as "Laci and Conner's Law," recognizes the unborn child as a second victim when he or she is killed or injured during the commission of a violent federal crime. The bill passed the U.S. Senate 61-38 and now goes on to President Bush for his signature. National Right to Life Coalition Legislative Director Douglas Johnson said in a press release, "Apparently, John Kerry believes that if a criminal commits a federal crime that...
  • Unborn victims: Some still refuse to protect them

    03/28/2004 2:24:21 AM PST · by sopwith · 1 replies · 159+ views
    The Union Leader. ^ | March 28, 2004
    MANKIND has long attached punishment to the killing of an unborn child. Not so the federal government, until now. On Thursday the U.S. Senate finally passed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which makes it a federal crime to injure or kill a fetus while committing a violent federal crime against a pregnant woman. The concept is not a new one. Exodus 21: 22 reads: “If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him;...
  • NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE CONDEMNS KERRY FOR HIS VOTE AGAINST UNBORN VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE ACT

    03/26/2004 10:26:30 PM PST · by Cedar · 12 replies · 310+ views
    NRLC ^ | March 26, 2004
    NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE CONDEMNS KERRY FOR HIS VOTE AGAINST UNBORN VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE ACT WASHINGTON (March 26, 2004) -- The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) assailed Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) for his vote against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (H.R. 1997), which passed the U.S. Senate 61-38 on Thursday, March 25. The bill, also known as "Laci and Conner's Law," recognizes the unborn child as a second victim when he or she is killed or injured during the commission of a violent federal crime. "Apparently, John Kerry believes that if a criminal commits a federal crime that...
  • US Congress Votes Protection for Unborn Children

    03/26/2004 3:17:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies · 531+ views
    EWTN ^ | 3/26/04
    Washington, Mar. 26 (CWNews.com) - The US Senate yesterday passed a bill that will make criminals punishable for harm done to unborn children in the course of a violent crime. Ten Catholic senators voted against the bill, which was opposed by abortion providers. The legislation which the Senate approved on March 25 has already been passed by the House of Representatives. It now needs only the signature of President George W. Bush in order to become federal law. The President has indicated that he fully supports the measure, and is likely to sign it promptly. The measure passed despite the...
  • Unborn Victims Act: Closed Minds...

    03/26/2004 2:36:41 PM PST · by 1stFreedom · 18 replies · 131+ views
    1stFreedom
    Recently I was in an Art chatroom recently where the topic of the "Unborn victims act" came up. Instantly the issue turned to abortion even though this isn't abortion. Instead of people agreeing that killing a wanted, unborn child is murder, people were ranting about abortion and how choice was under attack. What's ironic is that while some raged against anything to do with "choice", they had no outrage over a baby killed without the mother having chosen such a course. In the pro-life movement, this is known as "abortion distortion". Reality, logic, and common sense are thrown out of...
  • ACLU Calls Senate Anti-Choice Vote Misguided; Reproductive Freedom Could Be Undermined

    03/26/2004 1:45:47 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 20 replies · 148+ views
    ACLU Calls Senate Anti-Choice Vote Misguided; Reproductive Freedom Could Be Undermined By Bill’s Passage March 25, 2004 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Media@dcaclu.org WASHINGTON - Following the Senate’s adoption of the so-called "Unborn Victims of Violence Act," the American Civil Liberties Union today called the measure an ill-advised assault on reproductive freedom, saying that pregnant women could be protected without adopting the bill’s approach of undermining the right to choose abortion. "This thinly veiled attempt to create fetal rights is an effort to further erode the reproductive rights of women," said Laura W. Murphy, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative...
  • NOW Fights Right-Wing Assault on Abortion Rights, Urges Supporters to March on April 25th

    03/26/2004 1:47:46 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 22 replies · 178+ views
    NOW Fights Right-Wing Assault on Abortion Rights, Urges Supporters to March on April 25th March 26, 2004 "Under the guise of maternal and fetal protection, reproductive freedoms are once again under attack," said NOW President Kim Gandy, responding to yesterday's 61-38 Senate vote in favor of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA). "This legislation is another underhanded attempt to roll back women's rights. Giving a fetus at any stage of development the same legal rights as the pregnant woman will undermine the right to abortion as guaranteed under Roe v. Wade." Attempting to protect current abortion laws, Senator...
  • Veazey: Fetal Rights Bill Has Radical Implications for Freedom of Religion; Bush Should Not Sign

    03/26/2004 1:05:57 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 21 replies · 197+ views
    Veazey: Fetal Rights Bill Has Radical Implications for Freedom of Religion; President Bush, as a Person of Faith, Should Not Sign Bill 3/26/2004 2:53:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Deks Contact: Marjorie Signer of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, 202-628-7700 ext. 12, msigner@rcrc.org WASHINGTON, March 26 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Following is a statement by Reverend Carlton W. Veazey, president, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice: "The U.S. Senate's passage March 25 of the so-called 'Unborn Victims of Violence Act' has radical implications for freedom of religion and conscience in America. This bill would enact into law a narrow religious belief...
  • Senate Passes Fetus Protection Bill

    03/26/2004 4:38:28 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 2 replies · 72+ views
    MyWay.com ^ | 3/25/04 | AP/Jim Abrams
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate voted Thursday to make it a separate crime to harm a fetus during commission of a violent federal crime, a victory for those seeking to expand the legal rights of the unborn. The 61-38 vote on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act sends the legislation, after a five-year battle in Congress, to President Bush for his signature, which he promised to provide. "Pregnant women who have been harmed by violence, and their families, know that there are two victims - the mother and the unborn child - and both victims should be protected by federal...
  • Senate passes bill making it a crime to harm a fetus

    03/25/2004 3:07:58 PM PST · by Jean S · 8 replies · 131+ views
    AP ^ | 3/25/04 | JIM ABRAMS
    <p>The Senate voted Thursday to make it a separate crime to harm a fetus during commission of a violent federal crime, a victory for those seeking to expand the legal rights of the unborn.</p> <p>The 61-38 vote on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act sends the legislation, after a five-year battle in Congress, to President Bush for his signature. The White House said in a statement that it "strongly supports protection for unborn children." The House passed the bill last month.</p>
  • Senate Passes Unborn Victims Bill, heads to President Bush

    03/25/2004 3:57:58 PM PST · by Coleus · 98 replies · 407+ views
    03.25.03
    Senate Passes Unborn Victims Bill WASHINGTON, March 25, 2004  (Photo: AP) "This bill recognizes that there are two victims. It's as simple as that."Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio (AP) The Senate voted Thursday to make it a separate crime to harm a fetus during commission of a violent federal crime, a victory for those seeking to expand the legal rights of the unborn. The 61-38 vote on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act sends the legislation, after a five-year battle in Congress, to President Bush for his signature. The White House said in a statement that it "strongly supports protection for unborn...
  • Senate Votes Today on Unborn Victims of Violence Act

    03/25/2004 8:33:52 AM PST · by truthandlife · 4 replies · 163+ views
    CNS News ^ | 3-25-04 | Susan Jones
    The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Thursday on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, also called "Laci and Conner's Law," which passed the House of Representatives last month. The vote will follow hours of debate on what one pro-life group called "killer amendments." According to the National Right to Life Committee, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act recognizes that when a criminal attacks a pregnant woman - injuring or killing her unborn child - that criminal has claimed two human lives. The bill says if an unborn child is injured or killed during the commission of a federal crime...
  • Unborn Children Given New Status - Iowa Senate Passes Bill Redefining 'Person'

    03/25/2004 5:13:19 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 8 replies · 142+ views
    Unborn Children Given New Status Senate Passes Bill Redefining 'Person' POSTED: 6:06 am CST March 25, 2004 UPDATED: 6:24 am CST March 25, 2004 DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Senate passed a bill that would give the unborn victims of a violent crime the same status as a person. The bill would allow prosecutors to charge someone with a separate, equally serious crime if an unborn child is killed during a violent crime. It does that by redefining a person as a human being at any stage of development. Approved 30-19 late Wednesday night, some lawmakers who opposed the...
  • Committee Approves Bill Prohibiting Harm to Unborn Child (MD)

    03/23/2004 5:45:58 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 4 replies · 146+ views
    Committee Approves Bill Prohibiting Harm to Unborn Child Annapolis, Md. (AP) - A state Senate committee has approved legislation that would make it illegal to intentionally harm an unborn child. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 7-to-4 Monday to send the bill to the full Senate. The committee received a letter in support of the bill recently from Sharon Rocha - who's daughter, Laci Peterson, was killed in California a month before she was due to give birth. California's murder law includes the unlawful killing of a fetus. Abortion-rights advocates submitted testimony against the Maryland bill, saying it grants...
  • Two People, Two Deaths

    03/18/2004 9:05:01 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 229+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | 03-18-04 | Weyrich, Paul M.
    Two People, Two Deaths Paul Weyrich Thursday, Mar. 18, 2004 Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) stated in a letter to South Dakotans that he favored acting "expeditiously" on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. In his June 12, 2003 letter, Daschle stated: "I agree with the Republican Leader that Congress should consider this issue expeditiously." The rhetoric of the Senate Minority Leader fails to match the record. The Unborn Victims of Violence failed to reach the Senate floor quickly. After all, Tom Daschle has a voting record slanted in favor of legalized abortion, having voted for the Harkin (D-Iowa)...
  • Senate Bill: Unborn Victims of Violence Act Coming to Senate Floor - Action Needed!!

    03/13/2004 9:00:17 PM PST · by Coleus · 12 replies · 257+ views
    Right to Life | 03.14.-4
    Info. Posted Here
  • House votes to make harming fetus a crime

    02/27/2004 5:09:42 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 157+ views
    Austin American-Statesman Washington Bureau ^ | February 27, 2004 | Joseph Roberts
    Critics say law would be used to undermine abortion rights; Senate passage in doubt WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives passed a bill 254-163 on Thursday that would make it a separate crime to kill or harm a fetus during an attack on a pregnant woman. Opponents of the bill, such as Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York -- the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on the Constitution -- say its definition of an unborn child as "a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb" could be used...
  • House passes bill for unborn victims

    02/26/2004 9:55:50 PM PST · by kattracks · 2 replies · 116+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/27/04 | Amy Fagan
    <p>The House yesterday approved for the third time legislation legally recognizing two victims when a pregnant woman and her unborn child are injured or killed in a crime — a bill that has notable public support and that is now in the hands of the Senate this election year.</p>
  • House Passes Unborn Victims Legislation

    02/26/2004 2:09:00 PM PST · by mgist · 9 replies · 133+ views
    AP | 2-26-04 | By JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Writer
    House Passes Unborn Victims Legislation   28 minutes ago     By JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON - The House voted Thursday to treat attacks on a pregnant woman as separate crimes aqainst both her and the fetus she is carrying. Critics say it would undermine abortion rights by giving fetuses new federal legal status. AP Photo     Passage of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act was actively backed by the White House and President Bush (news - web sites)'s conservative supporters. Following enactment of the law banning "partial birth" abortions last year, the bill is this year's...
  • Bill Information: Unborn Victims of Violence Act

    02/26/2004 9:30:47 AM PST · by rightcoast · 2 replies · 166+ views
    I'm not a expert on law. I'm very, very far from it. I'm just an average Freeper who tries to keep on top of Congress and proposed legislation. Sometimes it's hard to decipher the real "nuts and bolts" of a bill, and to get past the spin and rhetoric you're likely to read about in the newspaper or to watch on TV. Here's a small attempt to bring some clarity and definition to a bill making its way through Congress. 108th Congress, U.S. House 108 H.R. 1997 UNBORN VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE ACT of 2004 (a.k.a. Laci and Connor's Law) "To...
  • House Votes to Pass Unborn Victims Bill

    02/26/2004 8:08:18 AM PST · by ZGuy · 14 replies · 206+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 02/26/04 | JIM ABRAMS
    The House moved to allow federal prosecutors to charge assailants with two separate crimes for injuring or killing a pregnant woman and her unborn child, brushing back arguments that conferring new rights to the fetus would undermine abortion rights. Supporters of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act said Americans were solidly behind making an attack on a pregnant woman subject to two crimes. Criminal law, House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., said Thursday, "is an expression of society's values," and anything less than making a woman and the unborn child separate victims "does not resonate with society's sense of...
  • House to vote on fetal homicide

    02/25/2004 10:49:14 PM PST · by kattracks · 8 replies · 124+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Amy Fagan
    <p>The House is expected to pass fetal homicide legislation today, and Carol Lyons — whose pregnant daughter Ashley and unborn grandson Landon were slain last month — had a message for Senate opponents of the bill, such as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry.</p>
  • Vote set on bill on unborn victims this Week, LACY AND CONNER PETERSON ACT, DEMS CALL WEDGE ISSUE

    02/22/2004 9:20:44 PM PST · by TheEaglehasLanded · 8 replies · 307+ views
    Washington Times ^ | February 22, 2004 | Amy Fagan and Stephen Dinan
    <p>The House this week will set up an election-year showdown over fetal-homicide legislation targeting Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry and a handful of Texas Democrats who have opposed such bills in the past. The bill, called the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, would legally recognize two victims when a pregnant woman and her unborn child are harmed or killed. Polls show the idea is favored by a majority of the public, and the issue is being pushed strongly by the California family of slaying victim Laci Peterson and her unborn son, Conner, as well as the Lyons of Kentucky, whose pregnant daughter, Ashley, and her unborn son, Landon, were killed in January. House Republican leaders expect to vote on the bill Thursday. Twenty-nine states — including California, where Scott Peterson is facing double-murder charges for the death of his wife, Laci, and their son — recognize the unborn as homicide victims in crimes, either throughout the pregnancy or after a certain stage. The Lyons case so mobilized the public there that state lawmakers quickly passed a fetal-homicide law this month. At the federal level, the House has approved such legislation twice, but the Senate has never voted on it. Senate Republican leaders want to bring up the bill soon, even though Democrats have successfully stalled its consideration in the past. President Bush supports the bill and Republican leaders say it's both good policy and good politics. "It has a residual effect in the campaign, but it is a policy we pursued two years before the presidential election," said Stuart Roy, spokesman for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Texas Republican. Opponents of the measure, including Democratic front-runner Mr. Kerry, have said it will undermine abortion rights by recognizing a fetus as a separate person with legal rights, while backers of the bill say there are clearly two victims when a pregnant woman is attacked. "There's overwhelming support for making an unborn baby who's been murdered as a separate murder than the mother," Mr. Roy said. "But the Democratic presidential candidates running in a primary have to take a position that puts themselves far out of the mainstream to a normal general election voter." There are a handful of Texas Democrats in the House being targeted by the vote on the legislation as well, including Reps. Martin Frost and Lloyd Doggett. They're among the Democrats who didn't vote for the bill last time, but face somewhat of a predicament this time, since Texas redistricting has made their districts more conservative. Congressional Democrats have pushed an alternative version of the bill that would increase penalties for crimes against pregnant women without recognizing the fetus as a second victim. Senate Democrats will offer this "one-victim" approach when the bill is considered there, and it's not clear which version will pass. A statement from Mr. Kerry's office this week indicated he would support such an alternative. But victims' families reject this approach. A May 2003 Newsweek poll found 84 percent think that when a pregnant woman and her fetus are killed, the attacker should face two murder charges instead of one. The legislation before the House this week would make it a separate crime to hurt or kill a fetus at any stage of pregnancy during the commission of about 68 federal crimes against the pregnant woman. The bill would explicitly exempt legal abortion, but in an e-mail response to a constituent in June, Mr. Kerry disagreed, saying it would "clearly impact" abortion rights. "I have serious concerns about this legislation because the law cannot simultaneously provide that a fetus is a human being and protect the right of the mother to choose to terminate her pregnancy. Therefore, I do not support the Unborn Victims of Violence Act," he said in his e-mail. Laci Peterson's mother, Sharon Rocha, wrote to Mr. Kerry in July to convince him otherwise. She argued that California's fetal-homicide law has been around since 1970 and hasn't affected abortion rights there at all. "What I find difficult to understand is why groups and senators who champion the pro-choice cause are blind to the fact that these two-victim crimes are the ultimate violation of choice," Mrs. Rocha said.</p>
  • Fetal Homicide Bill Headed for Governor's Desk

    02/21/2004 8:35:50 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 3 replies · 155+ views
    Fetal Homicide Bill Headed for Governor's Desk Frankfort, KY A bill that creates a new crime known as "fetal homicide" is heading to Governor Fletcher for approval. The Senate passed the measure Wednesday. It would create a section of the state's criminal code that would make someone found guilty of criminally causing the death of a fetus inside the uterus eligible for life in prison without parole. It is the first bill this year to pass both chambers of the legislature. It has an emergency clause, which means the law would take effect once Fletcher signs it. Fletcher has...
  • Remember Their Names -- Unborn Victims of Violence

    02/21/2004 10:46:51 AM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 318+ views
    NRLC ^ | Feb. 04 | Douglas Johnson
    Remember Their Names By Douglas JohnsonNRLC Legislative Director, Legfederal@aol.comSome pro-abortion leaders, like Planned Parenthood president Gloria Feldt, and some United States senators, like John Kerry of Massachusetts, believe that there are no unborn victims of violence.Carol Lyons of Scott County, Kentucky, knows better. Her 18-year-old daughter, Ashley, and her unborn grandson, Landon, died together at the hands of a murderer on January 7."Nobody can tell me that there were not two victims - - I placed Landon in his mother's arms, wrapped in a baby blanket that I had sewn for him, just before I kissed my daughter goodbye...