Vermont Assault Bill Fails to Give Women, Unborn Children Proper Justice

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 30, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Vermont Assault Bill Fails to Give Women, Unborn Children Proper Justice

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
November 30
, 2009

Montpelier, VT (LifeNews.com) — A state legislator plans to introduce a new bill in the Vermont legislature in response to an automobile wreck that claimed the lives of two unborn children. However, the bill fails to give women and unborn children proper justice when they are victims of such violent crimes.

Patricia Blair was injured when another automobile struck her car in August and that crash resulted in the deaths of her twin six-month-old unborn children.

Kelly Cook of Pownal, the other driver who was high at the time of the crash, faces felony charges related to the injuries Blair and her husband suffered.

But Cook will not be held accountable for killing the unborn children because Vermont is one of just 15 states that have no unborn victims law allowing prosecutors to bring charges in these kind of cases where someone is responsible for the death of a baby before birth.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Sears, a Democrat, has sponsored a bill that, for Blair, adds insult to injury.

The legislation doesn’t hold criminals accountable for killing unborn children but calls their death an additional attack on pregnant women and merely enhances the penalties for assaulting them.

Sears says he put together his bill that way to avoid the issue of abortion — because pro-abortion activists oppose unborn victims bill because they contain an inherent acknowledgement that a baby before birth deserves at least some legal protection.

“Obviously, we want to avoid the abortion debate,” Sears told the Burlington Free Press.

But that’s not good enough for Blair.

“I had a son and daughter who had every right to come into this world,” she told the newspaper. “I want their lives to mean something.”

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