Sherin’s Law Should Become Texas Law and Law of the Land

Alexandria, VA — Sherin Mathews was adopted from India by a couple from Texas. Her body was found in a culvert. At first, the adoptive father said that she refused to drink her milk and was ordered outside at 3 a.m. when she disappeared. His story changed to “choked” on her milk, but later collapsed under questioning. He has been charged with murder after an autopsy revealed “homicidal violence.” 

To prevent tragedies like this in the future, two strangers who were moved by the death of this little girlReena Bana and Shanna Poteet, proposed Sherin’s Law. If passed, the law would make it a felony in Texas to leave a child home alone and not to report a missing child within a few hours. 

FFL President Serrin Foster said, “Feminists for Life of America supports this legislation just as we supported the Violence Against Women Act and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. As a daughter of a foster child who experienced extreme brutality and as Feminists for Life, we say: Sherin deserved better. Whatever we can do to prevent similar tragedies should be done and done quickly. Furthermore, we support Sherin’s Law be replicated in other states where there are no similar preventative measures.”

Feminists for Life was the only pro-life group to work in coalition with women’s groups to pass the original Violence Against Women Act and the only feminist group to support the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (aka Laci and Conner’s Law). FFL worked with pro-choice groups to defeat punitive measures against mothers of “too many” children in welfare reform and with pro-life groups on adoption reform.