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Senate Passes "Unborn Victims of Violence Act" a major attack on Row v Wade

The passage of this act is a major threat to having Row v Wade overturned.
NOW Fights Right-Wing Assault on Abortion Rights, Urges Supporters to March on April 25th

March 26, 2004

"Under the guise of maternal and fetal protection, reproductive freedoms are once again under attack," said NOW President Kim Gandy, responding to yesterday's 61-38 Senate vote in favor of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA). "This legislation is another underhanded attempt to roll back women's rights. Giving a fetus at any stage of development the same legal rights as the pregnant woman will undermine the right to abortion as guaranteed under Roe v. Wade."

Attempting to protect current abortion laws, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) proposed an amendment to the UVVA bill that would double the penalties for the crime, while defining the attack on a pregnant woman as a single-victim crime; the amendment failed in a close 49-50 vote.

"If members of Congress want to address the pervasive problem of violence against pregnant women, they need to pass increased funding for education and for enforcement," said Gandy. "Any injury inflicted on a woman, pregnant or not, should be prosecuted as a crime against the woman. We applaud Senator Feinstein and the concurring Senators who joined her in protecting Roe."

The sponsors of this cynical bill have devised a strategy to redefine the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees equal protection of the law to "persons," which has never been defined to include fetuses. The inventive language of this bill covers "a member of the species homo sapiens at any stage of development." Such a definition of "person" could entitle fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses to legal rights -ultimately, setting the stage to legally reverse Roe.

"This is a deceptive ploy that allows abortion foes to whittle away at women's reproductive rights," Gandy said.

"The approach taken in this bill is deeply misguided and does nothing to enhance protections for pregnant woman, who are at increased risk of domestic violence," said Gandy. "At the same time, abortion rights are under attack and it is time for us to fight back. I urge every person in this country who cares about women's reproductive rights and health, and decries these attacks, to march with NOW on April 25."


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another good example 26.Mar.2004 14:10

of the important differences

between Bush and Kerry.

A democratic president would be able to veto these atttempts to get rid of Row v. Wade.

gee thanks democrats 26.Mar.2004 14:17

for screwing people yet again

Thanks for letting another Bush policy go by. But hey I guess it's an election year and we need to show how bad those republicans are, by allowing all their legislation to pass.


Democrat supporters:

Bingaman (D-NM)
Breaux (D-LA)
Carper (D-DE)
Conrad (D-ND)
Daschle (D-SD)
Dayton (D-MN)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Miller (D-GA)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)

Hmmm, 13, that means the democrats could have stopped the bill, if they had wanted to.

And I won't even bother pointing out the house vote of 254 to 163.


With democrats like these, who needs the republicans.

The Senate Roll Call as posted on the Senate website 26.Mar.2004 14:18


Just in case you wanted to see who supports a woman' right to choose.

another good example 26.Mar.2004 14:26

of politics as usual

Isn't that what you meant? Of course we're supposed to see this and think about how great it would be to have a democrat veto these bills. However, if Kerry is such a great leader, why didn't he lead the democrats to oppose the bill? Could it have been because the democrats are just playing politics? Could it be that the democrats don't care about the bill as much as they care about making people afraid of George Bush and using that generated fear to control people (not so different from the Bush gang are they)?

Look kerry tried to stop mean old george bush's bill but he couldn't because he was just 1 senator. Elect him or else.

Dead and Starving babies are okay for our gov..... 26.Mar.2004 14:59


I really appreciated the irony of the Oregonian's coverage of the "fetal protection bill placed to the right of an article about Oregon Social Services failing to stop a step father from killing a little boy in the Dalles. Read a few pages farther and we are told children and babies are the first ones to be starving to death in Haiti. Why wont the Senat protect THOSE children????

Politics aside, WOMEN'S RIGHTS are at stake 26.Mar.2004 17:46

Hg 2003

This is not an excuse to point out whether Dems are good or bad. This is a time to mourn the rather rapid decay of women's rights. Domestic violence is so accepted that to make spousal murder a big deal they had to make fetus-murder an additional crime. Isn't killing your wife evil enough, whether or not she's pregnant? I guess not.

And why DON'T we care about those Haitian babies, huh?

Where's Dennis? 26.Mar.2004 18:04

pro-choice woman

Looks like Dennis is so busy campaigning that he didn't show up to vote. So much for his newfound pro-choice politics!