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Unborn Victims of Violence Act: passage
On Passage of the Bill
03/25/2004
Senate Roll Call No. 63
108th Congress, 2nd Session

Passed: 61-38 (see complete tally)
After rejecting the hostile Feinstein "single-victim substitute" on the previous roll call, the Senate passed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (H.R. 1997), also known as "Laci and Conner's Law," a bill sponsored by Rep. Melissa Hart (R-Pa.) and Senator Mike DeWine (R-Ohio). The bill would allow federal and military prosecutors to bring charges on behalf of a "child in utero" as a second victim when he or she is injured or killed during commission of a violent federal or military crime. NRLC strongly supported this bill. The tally was 61 to 38 (but this roll call should be studied in light of the preceeding 49-50 roll call on the Feinstein killer amendment). On this final passage vote, the bill was supported by 48 Republicans and 13 Democrats. It was opposed by two Republicans, 35 Democrats, and one independent. The bill was sent to President Bush, who strongly supports it. Roll Call No. 63, March 25, 2004.


Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 63
Votes For : 61
Votes Against : 38
Not Voting : 1

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