DENVER, Colorado, April 28, 2015 (LifeNews) — The Colorado state Senate today passed a bill that would provide justice for unborn children who are killed or injured in violent crimes against their mother. The chamber approved the bill on an 18-17 vote with every Republican supporting the bill and every single Democrat in the Colorado Senate saying that unborn children are not victims of violent crimes and do not deserve justice.
Colorado Democrats opposed the bill after prosecutors told the public they were unable to charge with a murder a woman who cut a 7-month-old unborn baby out of her mother’s womb. The baby, named Aurora, died after that violent and horrific crime but the woman who cut her out of her moth’s womb will not be held accountable in her death.
The national law and laws in more than half of the states in the nation allow prosecutors to charge criminals for two crimes when they kill and injure both a pregnant mother and her unborn child in the course of a violent crime outside the context of abortion. Without this law in place, assailants would only be held accountable for killing or injuring the mother in such an attack or assault and would face no punishment for killing the unborn child — even days before birth.
According to the National Right to Life Committee, some 37 states recognize the unlawful killing of an unborn child as homicide in at least some circumstances. The federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act, enacted April 1, 2004, covers unborn victims of federal and military crimes.
Of the 37 states, 29 of them offer justice and protecting for women and unborn children throughout pregnancy while another 10 offer the protection only during the early stages.
The Colorado Senate passed SB 268, the Offenses Against Unborn Children Act. During the debate on the measure, pro-abortion Democrats falsely claimed the bill would be used to prosecute women for miscarriages or would ban abortions, even though federal unborn victims law and the laws of dozens of states have not done so.
As LifeNews has reported, the Colorado woman who cut out a 7-month-old unborn baby from Michelle Wilkins’ (pictured above) abdomen, resulting in the death of the infant, will not be charged with murder. That’s because the state lacks an unborn victims law to hold criminals accountable when they kill or injure unborn children in such criminal attacks.
Republican Senator Ellen Roberts, a woman who is not pro-life on abortion, summed up the debate and the need for the bill: “It’s about the acknowledgment that there were two victims of a crime. “The bottom line is, admitting that a fetus could be person in certain circumstances .. does not undermine abortion rights.”
“Could we possibly take the politics out of this?” Roberts asked after abortion advocates called a unborn baby killed in such a crime “the pregnancy.” “What if we kept our minds open to a bill that could address the kind of situation we had in March? We all know it’s dead on arrival in the House … (but) what if we sent the House a bill that showed courage?”
SB268 would allow prosecutor “bring a charge that any person on the street would think would be appropriate” she added.
Colorado Citizens for Life said the law is needed to provide justice for pregnant women and their unborn children.
Sarah Zagorski, the Executive Director of Colorado Citizens for Life said, “This horrific case highlights the need for an Unborn Victims of Violence law in Colorado, which would recognize the unlawful killing of an unborn child as homicide. This woman’s baby was viable and suffered a cruel and violent death. Colorado should have laws punishing perpetrators of these innocent, defenseless victims.”[Full Story]
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