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The State Senate is poised to consider the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. This bill separates those who are pro-choice from those who are pro-abortion. It would legally recognize unborn children as victims when they are injured or killed during the commission of violent crimes.

These crimes are often committed with the sole intent of killing the baby by men who do not wish to be fathers.

When an act is "successful" and the baby dies, New York law says that no one died. The pro-abortion movement thinks this is how it should remain. But of course, this is political nonsense fueled by paranoia that any respect shown to unborn children will dismantle all abortion rights.

This bill has no bearing on an abortion consented to by the woman or on any action by the woman that results in harm to her own unborn child. Roe vs. Wade was constructed on a supposed "right to privacy" held by the pregnant woman, which has no application in the case of a violent assault. If Roe vs. Wade were overturned tomorrow, this bill would still be needed.

When a woman has made the choice to have a baby and someone violently ends her child's life, she not only suffers her own physical pain but she also grieves the loss of her child. Testimony by women and men who have lost their unborn children through the violent crimes of others reveals a sense of horror that they were unable to bring true justice on behalf of their children.

The House of Representatives passed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. Justice and choice demand that the U.S. Senate and the State Legislature follow suit. LORI HOUGENS

New York State,

Right to Life Committee

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