When is killing not killing?
In America, states that permit the death penalty will not execute a pregnant woman who has been sentenced to death. In states that have unborn victims of violence legislation, a killer of a pregnant woman can face two murder charges instead of just one. At the federal level, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004 makes it a separate crime to injure or kill a fetus during an attack on a pregnant woman. These laws do essentially two things: add protection for pregnant women - who are at much higher risk of assault than non-pregnant women - and acknowledge the value, dignity, and worth of the child she has chosen to carry to term.
In the wake of several recent and brutal attacks on pregnant women, Canada now sits on the cusp of enacting its own Unborn Victims of Crime statute to its criminal code. Opponents of Ken Epp's bill are livid over its perceived threat to abortion "rights" in Canada, which have for the past 20 years remain uncontested at any point throughout pregnancy. Although the bill explicitly excludes itself from infringing on this holiest of enshrined "rights," it would direct attention to a truth pro-aborts would much rather remain engulfed in darkness: the unborn baby is alive and human, thus a person (although there are laws against killing non-persons, such as endangered species of animals).
Exposing that reality through these types of laws helps to flush out the twisted logic of the pro-abortion mentality. It is only a matter of time before people sense something innately wrong with this picture. Is there logic in stating that if a pregnant woman on the way to get an abortion is attacked and her feotus killed the attacker can be charged with murdering the baby, but if she makes it to the clinic and proceeds to have the same baby killed, she is simply exercing a "choice"? Should it really matter who kills the baby? Is it not the act of killing the child that is the offence? There is no logic here, and these laws bring that to light. It's no wonder the pro-aborts are mobilizing against this one. The last thing they want is even the slightest crack in the great "choice" facade.