Policing Pregnancy

March 10, 2006

By Lynn M. Paltrow is the executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women
Published: April 02, 2004

After the Senate passed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act last week, President George W. Bush, the same man who supports relaxing rules for fetus-poisoning mercury, wasted no time signing it into law. Most of those opposing the Act, from pro-choice leaders to The New York Times editorial board, charge that it will undermine the right to choose abortion. In fact, while this fear is indeed warranted, those who are most likely to be harmed by this law are not women seeking abortions, but women who want to continue their pregnancies to term.