Unborn Victims of Violence


State Homicide Laws That Recognize Unborn Victims


National Right to Life Committee May 5, 2014 What appears below is a summary of the laws of the 37 states that 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. If you wish to view or […]

President Bush Signs Unborn Victims of Violence Act Into Law, After Dramatic One-vote Win in Senate


WASHINGTON (April 6, 2004) –  In a landmark right-to-life victory, President George W. Bush on April 1 signed into law the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, also known as “Laci and Conner’s Law.” The President’s action culminated a five-year campaign by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) to win enactment of the legislation, which recognizes […]

Key Facts on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act


Key Facts on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (“Laci and Conner’s Law”) (H.R. 1997)   Published by the National Right to Life Committee Updated April 1, 2004 For more information on unborn victims of violence (or “fetal homicide” laws), visit the NRLC website at http://www.nrlc.org/federal/unbornvictims ●   The Unborn Victims of Violence Act (also known as […]

New Front in the Abortion Debate Unborn are victims, too


By Douglas Johnson Tuesday, March 30, 2004 According to a Gallup poll released early in February, 57 percent of Americans are paying attention to the Laci Peterson case, significantly more than many other judicial proceedings. Scott Peterson is charged with two murders — those of his wife and unborn son. That’s because the crimes occurred […]

Congresswoman Hart with families of victims


Congresswoman Melissa Hart (R-Pa.), prime sponsor of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, speaks at a press conference in the U.S. Capitol on March 25, 2004.  Behind her, left to right:  Senator Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tn.), Buford Lyons, Carol Lyons, Stephanie Alberts, Kristin Eckmann.  Photo by Karen Cross. Share.

Conner, Ashley & Landon: Calling a murder a murder.


By Douglas Johnson In a memorable exchange on July 16, 2000, NBC Meet the Press host Tim Russert asked Al Gore whether he agreed that federal law should prohibit a death sentence from being carried out on a pregnant woman. Gore replied, “I’d want to think about it.” Most lawmakers did not have to think […]