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Unborn Victims of Violence Act: hostile substitute
Lofgren Amendment ("one victim" substitute)
09/30/1999
House Roll Call No. 464
106th Congress, 1st Session

Failed: 201-224 (see complete tally)
The NRLC-backed Unborn Victims of Violence Act (H.R. 2436), sponsored by Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), would establish punishments for persons who injure or kill an unborn child while committing any of 70 already-established federal crimes of violence. When the House took up the bill on September 30, 1999, opponents offered an alternative proposal, called a "substitute amendment," offered by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Ca.). The Lofgren Amendment would have provided punishments for persons who, while committing violent crimes, cause "interruption to the normal course of the pregnancy" -- but without recognizing the unborn child as a victim of the crime. In a letter to House members, NRLC strongly opposed the Lofgren "one victim" amendment because it "would codify the fiction that when a criminal assailant injures a mother and kills her unborn child, there has been only a compound injury to the mother, but no loss of any human life." The Lofgren Amendment failed, 201-224, roll call no. 464, Sept. 30, 1999. On the next roll call, the House passed the bill, but it died without action in the Senate.


Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 464
Votes For : 201
Votes Against : 224
Not Voting : 8

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