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March 31, 2004|
LACI AND CONNER'S LAW MOVES TO PRESIDENT'S DESK |
The Unborn Victim of Violence Act, dubbed "Laci and Conner's Law" for the victims of a double murder in California, passed the U.S. Senate by a vote of 61-38 on March 25, but only after an extremely narrow defeat of an amendment, offered by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) which would have gutted the bill by dropping all references to the unborn child and only enhancing penalties for an attack or assault on an expectant mother. The Feinstein Amendment was defeated by a vote of 50-49.
The bill establishes as a separate victim an unborn child who is harmed or killed during the commission of a Federal crime against his mother. Crimes such as terrorist attacks, drug-related shootings or attacks on Federal lands or military bases are Federal crimes.
Republicans who voted for the pro-abortion Feinstein Amendment are: Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island. Collins, Snowe and Specter, after failing to destroy the bill, ended up voting for it on final passage.
Pro-lifers in Pennsylvania should remember this election-year effort on the part of Senator Specter to have it both ways. Senator Specter is so committed to legal abortion in this country, that even when confronted with clear evidence of the humanity of Conner Peterson and other babies killed during the commission of a crime, he still voted with Dianne Feinstein to destroy the bill.
While there is a chance that Senator Specter could be defeated in the Pennsylvania Republican Primary by Rep. Pat Toomey, who can be expected to cast pro-life votes most of the time, Specter has the financial and political support of President Bush, Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), and the Republican Party establishment.
Regarding the state of Maine, it appears that all we can do is pray that somehow, some day, a pro-life challenger will arise with the ability to unseat Senators Snowe and Collins, whose lack of respect for innocent human life is reflected in their votes for the Feinstein Amendment.
Still another killer-amendment, offered by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), was defeated by a vote of 53-46 prior to the final vote on the bill. Her amendment was a 157-page expensive bureaucratic boondoggle contrived to ostensibly do something to prevent domestic violence. Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas cast the sole Republican vote for it and then, like her colleagues Collins, Snowe, and Specter, voted for the bill on final passage.
Senator Hutchison is rumored to be interested in a run for Governor of Texas in 2006. Pro-life Texans should keep this episode, along with others like it, in their memory banks.
The Unborn Victims of Violence Act will soon reach the desk of President Bush who is expected to sign it into law.
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