House Passes Unborn Victims of Violence Legislation

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from U.S. House of Representative Committee on the Judiciary

    WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The House today passed legislation by
 a 252-172 margin enhancing federal penalties for violence against pregnant
 women. Specifically, when a person commits a federal crime of violence against
 a pregnant woman, and thereby injures or kills the victim's unborn child, the
 perpetrator is guilty of the same offense that would have resulted had the
 same injury or death occurred to the unborn child's mother.
     Under current federal law, an individual who commits a federal crime of
 violence against a pregnant woman receives no additional punishment for
 killing or injuring the woman's unborn child during the commission of the
 crime.  H.R. 503, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2001, was introduced
 by Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
     "This legislation cultivates a more compassionate society by enhancing the
 protection for pregnant women," House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James
 Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.) said.  "Specifically, the Unborn Victims of
 Violence Act will provide just punishment for criminals like Glendale R. Black
 of Wisconsin who, on February 8, 1992, brutally beat his wife, Tracy
 Marciniak, who was nine months pregnant with her unborn baby, Zachariah.
 Zachariah was just four days from being delivered from his mother's womb. At
 the hospital Zachariah was delivered dead.  At that time, Wisconsin did not
 have an unborn victims law like H.R. 503, so Black was convicted of only
 assault and is already eligible for parole."
     "By enacting H.R. 503, Congress will ensure that criminals who commit
 violent acts against pregnant women are justly punished for injuring or
 killing unborn children.  Without the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, the
 crimes against innocent victims will continue to go unpunished," added
 Chairman Sensenbrenner.
     H.R. 503 does not affect or in any way interfere with a woman's right to
 terminate a pregnancy.  The bill clearly states that it does not apply to
 "conduct relating to an abortion for which the consent of the pregnant woman
 has been obtained or for which such consent is implied by law."  Similarly,
 the bill also states that it does not permit prosecution "of any woman with
 respect to her unborn child."
 
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SOURCE U.S. House of Representative Committee on the Judiciary
    WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The House today passed legislation by
 a 252-172 margin enhancing federal penalties for violence against pregnant
 women. Specifically, when a person commits a federal crime of violence against
 a pregnant woman, and thereby injures or kills the victim's unborn child, the
 perpetrator is guilty of the same offense that would have resulted had the
 same injury or death occurred to the unborn child's mother.
     Under current federal law, an individual who commits a federal crime of
 violence against a pregnant woman receives no additional punishment for
 killing or injuring the woman's unborn child during the commission of the
 crime.  H.R. 503, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2001, was introduced
 by Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
     "This legislation cultivates a more compassionate society by enhancing the
 protection for pregnant women," House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James
 Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.) said.  "Specifically, the Unborn Victims of
 Violence Act will provide just punishment for criminals like Glendale R. Black
 of Wisconsin who, on February 8, 1992, brutally beat his wife, Tracy
 Marciniak, who was nine months pregnant with her unborn baby, Zachariah.
 Zachariah was just four days from being delivered from his mother's womb. At
 the hospital Zachariah was delivered dead.  At that time, Wisconsin did not
 have an unborn victims law like H.R. 503, so Black was convicted of only
 assault and is already eligible for parole."
     "By enacting H.R. 503, Congress will ensure that criminals who commit
 violent acts against pregnant women are justly punished for injuring or
 killing unborn children.  Without the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, the
 crimes against innocent victims will continue to go unpunished," added
 Chairman Sensenbrenner.
     H.R. 503 does not affect or in any way interfere with a woman's right to
 terminate a pregnancy.  The bill clearly states that it does not apply to
 "conduct relating to an abortion for which the consent of the pregnant woman
 has been obtained or for which such consent is implied by law."  Similarly,
 the bill also states that it does not permit prosecution "of any woman with
 respect to her unborn child."
 
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