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U.S. Congress to Vote on Fetal “Personhood” Rights

The deceptive “Unborn Victims of Violence Act” could come to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives within the next two weeks, threatening women’s rights and the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. The bill, disguised as a measure protecting women from violent crime, would make it a separate offense to harm a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus while committing a federal crime. Abortion rights and domestic violence groups oppose the bill, which was crafted with the help of the National Right to Life Committee. NARAL notes that, while violence against women “should be punished appropriately and to the full extent of the law, Éwomen are notably absent” from this bill. The “Unborn Victims of Violence Act,” in direct contradiction to the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, treat the fetus as a full person under the law, undermining the foundation of legal abortion.

Take Action today! Visit the Working for Change Website and e-mail Congress to oppose this anti-choice measure.

Sources:

Working for Change website April 2001 and NARAL, ÒThree Reasons to Oppose H.R. 503Ó and Associated Press Ð March 21, 2001

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