With Unborn Victims of Violence Act, President Sending Women's Rights "Back to the Stone Age” Says Maloney

Apr 1, 2004
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - The Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which treats embryos and fetuses as separate people when charging crimes against pregnant women, was signed into law by President Bush today. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), who has been outspoken in her opposition to the legislation, reacted strongly to the new law. Since the Republican party took control of Congress in 1995, Maloney has kept a scorecard of anti-choice actions, which can be found at the following link:

Maloney made the following statement:

“Today marks a tragic day in history. For the first time in federal law, embryos and fetuses are recognized as separate people with rights separate from and equal to pregnant women.

“In just 6 months, this President has signed two bills into law that threaten to send reproductive rights and women’s health back to the stone age. The so-called partial birth abortion ban and now UVVA both fundamentally ignore the health and life of the woman.

“We have just marked the 205th action since the Republicans took control of Congress against a woman’s right to choose, which is exactly what this bill is intended to do.

“Domestic violence is a serious problem in this country that deserves serious attention.
But this new law does nothing to protect women, especially pregnant women. This is why the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has opposed it. Instead of listening to the experts, President Bush is exploiting the issue of domestic violence to further his attack on reproductive freedom.

“If he and his allies in Congress really cared about protecting pregnant women from violence, they would have supported common-sense alternatives that created a separate federal offense for crimes against pregnant women, and carried penalties of 20 years in prison to a maximum life
sentence for causing termination of a woman’s pregnancy.

“Instead, American women are forced to endure another law that does nothing to protect them, while undermining their very basic rights.”