I don’t like this bill…
President Bush, eager to hand another victory to the social conservatives who make up his most loyal base of political support, decided on an elaborate ceremony to sign into law legislation expanding legal rights of the unborn.
The Unborn Victims of Violence Act makes it a crime to harm a fetus during an assault on a pregnant woman. Bush was signing the bill, which took five years to get through Congress, on Thursday in the Rose Garden.
People on both sides of the fetal rights and abortion issue have said the new law will have far-reaching consequences.
Abortion opponents welcome it as a step toward more sweeping protections for the unborn, while abortion-rights proponents say the measure represents the first recognition in federal law of an embryo or fetus as a person separate from the woman.
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., Bush’s opponent in this fall’s election voted against the bill.
No, it isn’t because I am in favor of killing ‘unborn babies,’ but because I think this bill is stupid for a number of reasons, chief of which is that the bill is so limited, that this is clearly nothing more than pandering. It only applies to federal crimes, which the story itself refers to as a “terrorist attack or drug-related shooting.” With all due respect to pregnant victims of terrorism, there does not seem to be a really big need for this legislation.