FFL Hails Passage
of Laci and Conner's Law
Thank you for encouraging your senators to support the Unborn Victims of Violence Act-also known as Laci and Conner's Law-and to oppose both the Feinstein and Murray amendments.
On March 25, 2004, the Senate passed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act by a vote of 61-38. The President has promised to sign the bill.
Women and men overwhelmingly support the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA), which recognizes an unborn child as a legal victim when the child is injured or killed during the commission of a federal crime of violence against a pregnant woman.
As you know, Sens. Feinstein and Murray proposed amendments, which were designed to kill, or at least vitiate, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.
Sen. Feinstein's amendment refused to recognize that crimes of violence against a pregnant woman have two victims. The Feinstein alternative failed by a vote of 49-50.
Sen. Murray's long and burdensome requirements would have mired the UVVA and rendered it ineffective. The Murray Amendment needed 60 votes to waive a budget point of order to proceed, but failed by a vote of 46-53.
It was an honor to testify on your behalf before the U.S. House Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee in support of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.
Please accept my heartfelt thanks for making sure your Senators and Representatives knew that you supported this important legislation.
Together we will continue our work to protect both women and children from all forms of violence.
For women, for life,
Serrin M. Foster
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