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Capital Hill Watch Alert

Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2003 (H.R. 1997)  

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (H.R. 1997) on Thursday, February 26, 2004 .  To view the full text of the legislation visit: Full text of legislation  ).  The measure provides that if an unborn child is injured or killed during the commission of crimes of violence already defined under Federal law, prosecutors can bring two charges thus filling the gap in Federal law:  

  1. One on behalf of the mother,
  2. the other on behalf of the unborn victim.   

An unborn victim is described as “a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb” in the measure.   

The right of a mother to choose to bring her child to term, safe from the violent hands of criminals who would brutally deny her that right is protected by H.R. 1997.   However, explicitly excluded from the measure is abortion-related conduct.  

What Can You Do?    

Urge your representative  TO SUPPORT the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (H.R. 1997).    

Contact Information:    

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for representative's  office.)  

To go to your representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out who your representatives are... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html.     

To electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.

Addressing Correspondence:   

The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515    
   

Dear Representative (last name):


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