Unborn stay of execution

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives approved a new bill July 25 that would prohibit the state from imposing the death penalty on pregnant women convicted of capital offenses. The bill prevents the executing of a woman “who carries a child in utero.” Presumably, the bill allows the death penalty to be imposed once the convicted women has given birth. Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinin of Florida said the bill protects unborn children from paying for the crimes of their mothers. Debate over the new legislation emphasized U.S. Vice-President Al Gore’s pro-abortion hardline. The Democratic presidential candidate said women facing the death penalty should still have the right to an abortion.

Priests for Life on voting

WASHINGTON – The Priests for Life organization is taking a higher profile in this year’s U.S. presidential election. At a July 19 media conference, Priests for Life targeted Christian politicians who support abortion as “false prophets.” Father Frank Pavone, director of the international organization of Catholic priests, said the campaign includes newspaper and television advertisements alerting voters of the need to make informed choices. “Voters are free to elect whom they choose,” Father Pavone said, “but to be free, one has to be informed of the implications of one’s choice, including the moral and spiritual implications.” Secular groups have pledged to monitor the Priests for Life campaign with an eye to lifting the organization’s tax exempt status.

Abortion grief plea

DES MOINES, Iowa – A woman facing first-degree murder charges in the death of a 21-month-old child in her care claims that depression brought on by a recent abortion left her less culpable for the crime. Tifany Myers, 18, is alleged to have thrown baby Joel Vasquez to the floor after she became upset with the child’s crying. Myers, who had undergone an abortion two days previously, is said to have experienced a form of post-partum depression. The trial has been postponed to allow lawyers to prepare for the novel defence argument. Pro-life groups take special note of the case for its impact on the study of post-abortion syndrome. Depression has long been associated with abortion, although its use as a justification for bringing harm to children is certain to provoke additional debate. Myers could be tried for a lesser charge if her defence can convince the court that post-abortion depression hindered her ability to process information.

Abortion at gunpoint

FORT PIERCE, Florida – Glenda Dianne Dowis, 42, who according to police attempted to force her 16-year-old daughter to have an abortion at gunpoint, has been released on $50,000 bond. Dowis is prohibited from having any contact with her daughter. The Sun-Sentinel newspaper reports that assistant States Attorney Dean Merten said his office would review the charges – aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated child abuse – and announce in late August whether they will be pursued. Dowis faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Christina Dunigan of Pro-Life Views at About.com reported Friday that the alleged father of the baby, Jeffrey Watson, is 23 years old. Watson said that Brittany’s mother threatened to file rape charges against him if Brittany didn’t have the abortion. No charges are currently filed against Watson for his unlawful intercourse with an underage girl.