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National Unborn Victims of Violence Act

March 30, 2009

National Unborn Victims of Violence Act
Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

by Colin Hanna

There is an important legislative anniversary today that could easily be overlooked: the fifth anniversary of the passage of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, one of the most significant pieces of pro-life legislation to come out of Congress since the Supreme Court’s tragically flawed decision in Roe v. Wade. It was the result of a five-year effort by the National Right to Life Committee and its allies in the pro-life movement . . . They deserve recognition as heroes who were willing to pay the ultimate price for elected officials, namely defeat in the cause of justice.

The bill established for the first time that if a “child in utero” is injured or killed as a consequence of a federal crime of violence against its mother, then the assailant may be charged with a separate offense on behalf of the unborn child in addition to the offenses related to the attack on the mother. By the time the federal protection was enacted, 29 states had already adopted statutes that permitted state homicide charges to be brought against a party responsible for the death of an unborn child, although with some variations on the applicable stages of development.


Update on 090401:
That article was posted at on March 29. Today I learned that the law is the same one referred to as “Laci and Conner’s Law” that was signed five years ago  today, i.e., on April 1, 2004. (You can find related information elsewhere on this blog.)

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