by Steven Ertelt
February 14, 2007
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — The Kansas House Judiciary Committee approved a bill named in honor of an unborn child who was murdered last June. Alexa was killed along with her teenage mother Chelsea Brooks and Chelsea’s family were disturbed to learn that Kansas had no law charging the attacker with killing Alexa.
Currently, 34 states have such a law and 24 of them protect pregnant women and their babies throughout pregnancy.
Kansas Rep. Steve Brunk, a Republican, hopes to add the state to the list and he’s obtained petitions with the support of nearly 8,000 people asking for the legislature to approve his legislation.
A previous attempt to pass the law failed last year but the bill was 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.
"I honestly didn’t think it would be such a challenge to get this point," says Terri Brooks, Chelsea’s mother. "I was very surprised Kansas didn’t have a fetal homicide law."
"You would think if we can pass laws to protect animals such as Scruffy’s law which makes it a felony to mistreat an animal….that we can pass a law to protect human life," says Darren Brooks added.
Kansans for Life, the statewide pro-life group, backs Alexa’s Law and is urging the full state House to vote for the proposal when it comes up there.
Chelsea’s pregnant body was found in Butler County. The alleged killer was charged only with the murder of Chelsea, an 8th grade student from Wichita.