IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 29, 2004
to Life Committee
William Beckman, Executive Director, 312-422-9300
It's a Baby Only When Mother Says So?
On March 25th, the U.S. Senate passed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (also called
Laci and Conner's Law) on a vote of 61-38. The bill establishes two victims when an
attack on a pregnant women injures or kills her unborn child.
Senators opposed to the Unborn Victims of Violence Act are effectively saying that a
mother can personally believe she carries a baby if she wants to, but do not expect the
law to recognize that this baby exists. These
senators are concerned that if the law recognizes the existence of unborn children, then
Roe v. Wade and the so-called right to abortion will be threatened. This concern demonstrates that they recognize how
illogical it is to deny the personhood of unborn babies when their mothers want to abort
them, while defending the personhood of unborn babies when their mothers want them.
Of course, that truly is the issue. It is
not logical to allow the mother to establish whether her unborn baby is a person or not. A human being either exists or does not exist. If a human being exists, then the Declaration of
Independence and the Constitution establish that childs right to life. Biology says this unborn baby is a human being, and
thus a person. Legal tradition, at
least prior to 1973, says this unborn baby is a human being. Religious tradition says this unborn baby is a
human being. Even young children can figure
it out when there is a new life inside their mother.
We must conclude that abortion supporters have a real concern. Is that a problem?
No, they should have a real concern. They
have been defending the indefensible since Roe v. Wade, and even prior to that unjust 1973
decision. We hope that the fears of abortion
supporters are realized sooner rather than later. It
is time to restore logic and justice to the law of the land.
Illinois Right to Life Committee
65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60601