by Steven Ertelt
January 19, 2007
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — A Kansas family appeared before the House Judiciary Committee and urged legislators to adopt a law protecting pregnant women and their unborn children from acts of violence. Terri and Darren Brooks discussed the death of their daughter, Chelsea Ann Brooks, who was eight months pregnant at the time she was killed.
Chelsea, an 8th grade student from Wichita, was 14 years old and her daughter, Alexa, was due to be born in July.
Chelsea’s pregnant body was found in Butler County. The alleged killer was charged only with the murder of Chelsea, not with the death of her unborn child, Alexa.
"In Kansas there is no justice for Alexa, if this were Missouri, there would be justice," the Brooks told the legislative panel. "If this were in 34 other states there would have been justice."
They say they" watched Scott Peterson’s trial with the rest of the nation" and that the single count of murder for Chelsea and Alexa shocked and infuriated them.
Justice could come by way of a bill sponsored by Rep. Steve Brunk, a Republican who sponsored a measure to allow for a second crime involving the death of or injury to the unborn child.
He brought in a petition signed by thousands of Kansas residents urging support for the bill.
"There is no attempt to change or redefine abortion, the bill is about justice," he said, responding to concerns from the pro-abortion group ProKanDo which says the law would wrongly recognize the death of a baby before birth.
The bill has been caught up in the debate over abortion because pro-abortion groups are reticent to acknowledge that an attack on a pregnant woman can destroy the life of her child as well.
ProKanDo is backing a measure sponsored by Senator Greta Goodwin that simply enhances the penalty for attacking a pregnant woman but fails to acknowledge the death of or injury to the unborn child and doesn’t include a second crime.
The House Judiciary Committee will discuss Alexa’s Law again next week. Kansans for Life, the statewide pro-life group, supports the measure.