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HOUSE PASSES UNBORN VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE ACT WILL SENATE TAKE UP BILL?

OVERVIEW:

Thursday, April 26, the 107th U.S. House of Representatives passed its first Pro-life legislation, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (H.R. 503). This measure would make killing or injuring an unborn baby in the process of attacking a pregnant woman a federal crime. President Bush has promised to sign it into law.

But first, the U.S. Senate must pass its version of the bill (S. 480).

--The bipartisan vote was 252-172 in support of the bill: 198 Republican, 53 Democrats and 1 Independent in favor of the measure. 21 Republicans, 149 Democrats and 1 Independent opposed the bill.

--Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) had proposed a watered-down version that was resolutely defeated by a 169-229 vote.

--Twenty-four (24) states have already enacted laws that recognize unborn babies as human victims of violent crimes. Eleven (11) of these states provide this protection throughout the period of in utero development, while the other 13 provide protection during specific stages of development.

-- "The ultimate finish line for this bill is very clear," said Rep. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), sponsor of H.R. 503. "The President has said if we send it to him, he'll sign it into law. We've still got a lot of work to do, but today was a very good start."

--In 1999, the House passed a similar measure. Yet, the Senate never brought the bill to a vote. With a 50-50 split in the Senate now, the Pro-life Senators, who are in the minority, will need the Lord to fight this battle.

--This legislation does NOT make abortion a crime, even though abortion is violence against the unborn child.

For more information on Pro-life issues visit < http://www.covenantnews.com >.

Please Join Us in Agreeing Prayer:

--Lord of Hosts, we THANK You for the U.S. House passing the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. Now, cause the U.S. Senate to bring this measure to vote.

--Let it not be lost in committee nor watered down. Give COURAGE & STRENGTH to the Pro-life Senators as they fight for this legislation. Almighty God, move on the hearts and minds of the Senators & cause them to PASS S. 480. In Jesus' Name, AMEN! (Deut 21:8-9; 1 Sam 17:47; 2 Sam 20:40; Ps 2:all; Isa 50:7; Phil 1:20)

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