The sponsors of "Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 1999",
Graham (R-SC), Chris Smith (R-NJ), and Charles Canady (R-FL), are hardcore
reproductive rights opponents. They claim this legislation would protect
women and fetuses against violence, yet none of H.R. 2436's sponsors have
signed on to the Violence Against Women Act or have been leaders previously
in the effort to combat violence against women.
Although intentional violence that causes a woman to miscarry
about harm to normal fetal development is a tragedy, the approach taken in
this bill is grossly misguided and could threaten women's reproductive
rights. Injury inflicted upon a fetus is done so against a woman, therefore
punishment for such crimes should be prosecuted as crimes against women.
This bill is simply a back door attempt to obtain separate rights for the
fetus. Changing the criminal system to include independent prosecution for
harming fetus is a dangerous legal precedent which would have broad
implications in limiting women's rights, generally.
NOW activists should do everything they can to oppose this particularly
dangerous bill. Call your Senators and urge them to vote against any fetal
rights legislation. Be sure to watch out for any similar bills introduced in
your state legislature and let us know as well
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