FRC Urges Congress to Pass Unborn Victims of Violence Act

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Family Research Council

    WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- "Most
 Americans favor protecting the child in the womb from violence," Family
 Research Council's Legal Analyst for Human Rights and Sanctity of Life Issues
 Teresa Wagner said Tuesday.
     The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday on H.R. 503,
 the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.  Introduced by Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-SC),
 the bill would make any injury to an unborn child (including the death of the
 child) during an attack on the child's mother a separate federal crime if
 committed within federal jurisdictions.  The House passed the same legislation
 last year by a bipartisan vote of 254-172.
     "In opposing this bill, which mimics the protective statutes in half the
 states, the abortion lobby shows it is out of step with most Americans," Mrs.
 Wagner said.  "H.R. 503 is hardly revolutionary.  It merely protects the child
 in pregnancy from violence -- as the states do -- done during the commission
 of a federal offense.
     "Contrary to popular perception, the bill explicitly states that it does
 not apply in the abortion context (It also specifically excludes the
 prosecution of the mother for any action -- illegal or legal).  The abortion
 lobby is, therefore, really picking a fight where there should be none.
     "If abortion advocates are concerned that this bill will confer rights on
 the child in the womb that may some day interfere with abortion, they will
 need to undo a lot of laws," Mrs. Wagner said.  "In addition to unborn
 victims' statutes in over half the states, American law recognizes the unborn
 child in several other areas.  For example, the child conceived but not yet
 born can inherit property, and individuals who sustain injury in utero can
 seek personal injury damages under principles of tort law.
     "In fact, it is mainly in the abortion context that our law pretends the
 child in pregnancy is not there.  This is the approach of the killer amendment
 offered by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (R-CA), which pretends the death of the child is
 only an injury to the mother rather than an independent loss of a distinct
 human life."
     "It is time to stop pretending that the child in pregnancy does not
 exist," Mrs. Wagner said.  "Our law should reflect the reality that pregnancy
 is the condition of 'being with child,' and should protect that child from
 violence at both the federal and state levels."
 
     FRC's Teresa Wagner will be on "FOX News Live" Wednesday at 10:10 a.m. EDT
 to discuss this bill.
 
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    WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- "Most
 Americans favor protecting the child in the womb from violence," Family
 Research Council's Legal Analyst for Human Rights and Sanctity of Life Issues
 Teresa Wagner said Tuesday.
     The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday on H.R. 503,
 the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.  Introduced by Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-SC),
 the bill would make any injury to an unborn child (including the death of the
 child) during an attack on the child's mother a separate federal crime if
 committed within federal jurisdictions.  The House passed the same legislation
 last year by a bipartisan vote of 254-172.
     "In opposing this bill, which mimics the protective statutes in half the
 states, the abortion lobby shows it is out of step with most Americans," Mrs.
 Wagner said.  "H.R. 503 is hardly revolutionary.  It merely protects the child
 in pregnancy from violence -- as the states do -- done during the commission
 of a federal offense.
     "Contrary to popular perception, the bill explicitly states that it does
 not apply in the abortion context (It also specifically excludes the
 prosecution of the mother for any action -- illegal or legal).  The abortion
 lobby is, therefore, really picking a fight where there should be none.
     "If abortion advocates are concerned that this bill will confer rights on
 the child in the womb that may some day interfere with abortion, they will
 need to undo a lot of laws," Mrs. Wagner said.  "In addition to unborn
 victims' statutes in over half the states, American law recognizes the unborn
 child in several other areas.  For example, the child conceived but not yet
 born can inherit property, and individuals who sustain injury in utero can
 seek personal injury damages under principles of tort law.
     "In fact, it is mainly in the abortion context that our law pretends the
 child in pregnancy is not there.  This is the approach of the killer amendment
 offered by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (R-CA), which pretends the death of the child is
 only an injury to the mother rather than an independent loss of a distinct
 human life."
     "It is time to stop pretending that the child in pregnancy does not
 exist," Mrs. Wagner said.  "Our law should reflect the reality that pregnancy
 is the condition of 'being with child,' and should protect that child from
 violence at both the federal and state levels."
 
     FRC's Teresa Wagner will be on "FOX News Live" Wednesday at 10:10 a.m. EDT
 to discuss this bill.
 
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