FRIDAY
March 23, 2001
volume 12, no. 82

Violence Against Unborn Bill Advances



    WASHINGTON, DC, Mar. 22, 01 (CWNews.com) - A bill that would make it a felony to injure an unborn child during a violent crime advanced in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday after it was approved by a key subcommittee.

    The bill, approved by voice vote in the Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on the Constitution, is likely to clear the House, which passed a similar measure last year by a 254-172 vote. Its fate is less certain in the Senate which is evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats.

    Democrats contend the bill is really about abortion, establishing the unborn child as a legal person. "This bill offers no additional protection for pregnant women," said Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Virginia. "This bill serves no purpose other than to engage members in a discussion of when life begins."

    "This is not about abortion rights or Roe v. Wade," said Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, the measure's sponsor. He noted that the House voted overwhelmingly last year to prohibit states from executing a pregnant woman. "Violent criminals should face the harshest possible consequences when they harm these innocent children," said Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, chairman of the subcommittee on the Constitution.


March 23, 2001
volume 12, no. 82
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