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Senate Passes the Unborn Victims of Violence Act

For Immediate Release. March 29 , 2004 The Senate on March 27, 2004, passed on a 61-38 vote the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (H.R. 1997).  The measure next goes to conference after which President Bush has promised to sign it into law.   “Finally, after a five-year battle in Congress, unborn children are recognized as victims for federal and criminal law purposes and are classified as a member of the species “homo sapiens” despite the fact that medical science has already demonstrated that unicellular life begins at conception” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.  

The proposed legislation is inclusive for crimes committed in federal jurisdictions, on U.S. military bases and against federal officials covering 68 violent crimes that include drug related shootings, terrorism and crimes in government facilities such as post offices.  The criminal would be held responsible for committing crimes against two victims and would be punished accordingly when a violent crime is committed against a pregnant woman and results in injury to or death of her unborn child.  

However, the measure's penalties do not apply for abortion procedures or any medical treatment given a pregnant mother that results in death or injury of an unborn child.  

The likely Democratic Presidential Nominee Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.  And Senator Dianne Feinstein, (Democrat-California) was quoted in the March 26, 2004, USA Today as saying, “The bill covers children who aren't children, who are a day old in the womb.”  The bill she added will “form the basis of a new legal challenge to Roe v. Wade,” the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.  

“It is a sad day for America and the Democratic Party when leaders such as the likely Democratic Presidential Nominee Senator John Kerry and Senator Dianne Feinstein have such a blatant disrespect for human life,” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.  He added, “Political leaders that hold such a low regard for human life are not fit to hold such a high political office and in the case of Senator Kerry, the office of the President of the United States.  It is the duty of every American to promote a culture of life in this nation, and protect the innocent victims that cannot do so for themselves, and stop pro-choice advocates obsession with death.  Contrary to the beliefs of Senators Kerry and Feinstein, as well as other pro-choice advocates and judicial activists of the Supreme Court that neutralized the Constitutional protection of the unborn in Roe v. Wade, medical science without legal deception and manipulation should determine when life begins.” 

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Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
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