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The Unborn Victims of Violence Act Passes The House

For Immediate Release. March 2, 2004 On February 26, 2004, the House of Representatives passed by a 254-163 vote the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (H.R. 1997.)  

The measure subjects assailants to two separate criminal penalties who injure or kill a pregnant woman and her unborn child.  The bill would for the first time, under federal law, give victim's rights to the unborn child.  

Attacks on women that qualify as federal offences would be eligible for application of this legislation.  Included would be such crimes as drug trafficking, bank robberies, terrorist attacks or assault on federal land.  

At any stage of development, the child who is carried in the womb is defined as the “unborn child,” a member of the species “Homo Sapiens.”  

However, for those who perform legal abortions the bill would preclude them from prosecution.  And the assailant's prior knowledge that the victim was pregnant is not required for an offense.  

“Unitary life, at the moment of conception begins and at death ends, biologically.  For legal and other reasons, however, the definition of when life begins has been subject to a variety of interpretations,” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.  “It is time for those who continue to promote and support pro-choice legislation such as activist judges and vernacularly manipulative and callous attorneys to come out of the ‘Dark Ages' and into the twenty-first century and allow science to take precedent over unconstitutional laws that do not protect the unborn child.” 

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Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
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