marchondc (marchondc) wrote,

Unborn Victims of Violence Act

Yesterday President Bush signed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, making a federal crime. The legislation defines an "unborn child" as a child in utero, which "means a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb." This establishes separate legal status for the fetus, no matter what stage of development, which is clearly a step towards overturning abortion rights.

Had the President truly cared about protecting victims of violence he could have accepted the amendment introduced by Dianne Feinstein. This amendment would have kept a harsher penalty for pregnant women without recognizing the fetus as a person. However in rejecting this amendment and signing the bill he went a step further to appeal to his conservative base and promote his agenda of limiting women’s rights to choose. Our president made no attempt to hide the fact that this legislation will erode abortion rights after stating that "[he] reaffirm[s] that the United States of America is building a culture of life."

Though the President alluded to the tragic Peterson case to justify the bill, the new law applies only to harm to a fetus as a result of a federal crime committed against the mother, such as a terrorist attack or drug-related shooting. This bill was not signed for the victims of a crime, and the photographs he took with Lacy Peterson’s family do not fool us. This is just another example of how the President intends to mislead the public in order to limit the rights he does not believe in. And it gives us yet another reason to March April 25th!

March Action Center Crew
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