Letter: Let’s remedy Colorado’s lack of respect for unborn children
April 28, 2015
To the Editor:
In 2004, Congress enacted, and President Bush signed, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which recognizes the "child in utero" as a legal victim if he or she is injured or killed during the commission of any of 68 existing federal crimes of violence. The law defines "child in utero" as "a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb."
These are all legal terms for an unborn child. How can Colorado law define a child that has not yet taken a breath of Colorado air not a victim? That child depends on its "air" through the umbilical cord attached to a breathing mother. (We all know this, don't we)? It does not yet need oxygen in the same manner the mother depends on oxygen. It receives all he/she needs through a well designed womb that nourishes the child until he/she has developed sufficiently to take in oxygen on its own.
Does that mean that a polio victim living in an oxygen tank in Colorado cannot be murdered because they cannot breathe on their own? Or many of the sick or elderly on oxygen because we live in high altitude are less of a victim because we depend on extra oxygen. Do we need to measure that need? ALL life including those in the womb must be protected. Lets stop defining life as somebody who is only one quarter a victim, or one-half a victim and protect all persons from conception to their natural dying days.
My heart breaks for that mother who answered an ad for baby clothes for her infant. An infant she felt gently kicking inside her womb for months. I doubt that she ever imagined that this child was not human enough to be termed "not a victim." The was her first child and she had seen her through ultra sound pictures, called her by name and seen her little heart beating. She went to purchase items to clothe her baby girl. Even the woman who wanted this child expected to keep a living babe but she killed it in her ignorance. Regardless of her mental capacity she should still stand trial for this senseless butchering.
Please support Senate Bill 268 which seeks to REMEDY Colorado's lack of respect of our unborn children.