[forthright] A Woman's Right to Choose...What?

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From: Forthright Magazine <ba@...>
Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2004 13:30:40 -0600
Forthright Magazine
Straight to the Cross

COLUMN: Understanding the Times

A Woman's Right to Choose...What?
By Emmett Smith

On Thursday, the United States Senate passed
H.R. 1997, also known as "Laci and Conner's
Law" (for Laci Peterson and her unborn
child). The official title of the measure was,
"To amend title 18, United States Code, and
the Uniform Code of Military Justice to protect
unborn children from assault and murder, and for
other purposes." The measure passed 61 to
38. How could 38 Senators vote against a bill
whose purpose was to "protect unborn

I had intended to post a link to the Senate's
official web site where the votes are tabulated,
but sometime between now and yesterday morning
that link has become inactive. Fortunately, I
printed a hard copy yesterday. Those who voted
against this bill were:

Akaka, Baucus, Bayh, Biden, Boxer, Byrd,
Cantwell, Chafee, Clinton, Corzine, Dodd, Durbin,
Edwards, Feingold, Feinstein, Graham, Harkin,
Hollings, Inouye, Jeffords, Johnson, Kennedy,
Kerry, Kohl, Lautenberg, Leahy, Levin, Lieberman,
Lincoln, Mikulski, Murray, Nelson, Reed, Sarbanes,
Schumer, Snowe, Stabenow, and Wyden.

Only one Senator, Gregg, did not vote. So if
your Senator is not named herein, he or she voted
for the bill.

Ms. Feinstein had introduced an alternate bill
that would have imposed harsher penalties on
criminals whose actions harmed an unborn child,
but would not have specifically referred to the
fetus as human. She was quoted as follows,
"This will be the first strike against all
abortion in the United States of America…That's
where this debate is taking us…That's the reason
for this bill." May God grant that she was
correct about that!

Kate Michelman, president of Naral Pro-Choice
America said, "...the president's allies are
taking advantage of this issue to further their
campaign to oppose a woman's right to choose."
Choose what, Ms. Michelman? The previous name of
her group was NARAL - National Abortion Rights
Action League. They changed the name a year or two
ago because "choice" sounds so much better than

Deuteronomy 21 records God's instruction to
Israel on being absolved of guilt when someone was
found murdered and the killer was unknown. I
realize that's not an exact parallel. We know who
is killing these unborn children. Just read the
passage and tell me you feel innocent

"Accept atonement, O LORD, for your people
Israel, whom you have redeemed, and do not set the
guilt of innocent blood in the midst of your
people Israel, so that their blood guilt be atoned
for. So you shall purge the guilt of innocent
blood from your midst, when you do what is right
in the sight of the LORD" (Deuteronomy

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