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Pro Life Victory- Unborn Victim of Violence Act?

Commentary from The Detroit Free Press explains the threat from the right to overturn Roe v Wade. Bush signed this bill into law last week. The principle we must defend is that a woman has dominion over her own body that supercedes a fetus' right to birth. This is what Roe established.

The movement is moving in the direction to emphasize this principle. The April march for choice is now the "March to Save Women's Lives" and that is the issue. No rational woman wants to get pregnant and be forced into an abortion, legal or not. However, it is ultimately a woman's RIGHT to what happens to her body. Her body is not subject to the whims of a religious cult, or to men and women legislators or to an impregnator male. If the male is emotionally joined to her, or even to her fetus, she should/could (out of courtesy) discuss the issue with him, however, until he can actually carry the pregnancy to term in his body the choice is hers and hers alone. A woman's body is HERS.
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Abortion Politics
April 3, 2004
The anti-abortion movement scored a big symbolic victory this week, if not a significant legal one, as President George W. Bush enthusiastically signed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.
Those who believe in a woman's right to choose abortion fear that the law takes the nation down that proverbial slippery slope with its declaration that a fetus has legal protection from the moment of conception. Those who think abortion is the worst kind of murder celebrate the beginning of the end of this procedure in this country.
Not exactly, on either count. No matter how many times Bush and Congress try to make a fetus a person in legislation and government code, Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land. The 1973 Supreme Court said that no one could define when life begins, but that was not the issue. Rather, the issue is whether a fetus has a right to birth that supersedes a woman's right to dominion over her own body. The court said a fetus does not, and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act does not change that.
But the new law -- and the rhetoric around it -- do show that the aim of Bush, and the Christian Right to whom he answers, is to overturn the Roe decision. Acts such as this may not do it, but Bush could pave the way if given the chance to appoint a Supreme Court justice who shares his view.
The president already has said that his ideal justices are Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. And as he signed the bill, Bush also proclaimed: "We reaffirm that the United States of America is building a culture of life."
So while this particular act does not apply to abortion -- which enabled it to comfortably pass Congress -- it is another signal of the president's hope to someday use other means to finally end abortion rights.
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