Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Who gives a fuck about Laci Peterson?

The other day I was watching the news with a friend, and for the 10,000th time, an update on the Laci Peterson case popped up. Out of the blue she asked me "Who gives a fuck about Laci Peterson?". I can't remember what I said at the time, probably something along the lines of "I don't know either, but they keep showing her over and over and over".

That was the last I thought about Laci Peterson, until today I saw on the news that her husband had been found guilty. OK, its tragic, a pregnant woman gets offed by her cheating husband, but seriously, this story has been played to death. Again, I couldn't help but be amazed as to why the hell this woman got so much press.

Out of curiousity I started clicking around, trying to find the source of the media fascination with this woman. Turns out that she has a site (www.lacipeterson.com), and on there was a picture of George W. Bush, with the following caption: Rocha watches as President Bush signs the Unborn Victims of Violence Act during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Thursday. Standing behind Rocha is her husband, Ron Grantski. The legislation makes it a federal crime to harm a fetus during an assault on a pregnant woman.

Then it hit me.

For those of you that don't know, here's a little refresher on the UVVA (otherwise known as Laci and Conner's Law), courtesy of our friends at www.plannedparenthood.org

S. 1019, the so-called Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA), which creates a penalty for anyone convicted of harming a fetus during commission of certain federal crimes. The UVVA would give separate legal status to a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus even if the woman does not know she is pregnant.


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The UVVA was created with the sole aim of undermining the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled that "the word 'person' as used in the Fourteenth Amendment, does not include the unborn." This bill elevates the legal status of a fetus to make it equal to that of the adult woman who actually suffers the primary injury. It is part of ongoing attempts to bestow personhood on the fetus by granting it separate legal rights equal to and independent of those of the pregnant woman.


The UVVA languised for seven years (and it should have died, or better yet, been aborted), but it finally got passed in 2004. I'm sure that the ludicrous coverage of the death of this pregnant woman and her child in California didn't hurt in the least.

The optimist in me says that there is no way the Radical Right could possibly be so asinine to exploit the death of this woman and her child to drum up sympathy for their pet piece of legislation, but it sure looks that way.

We are now officially one step closer to being the Iran of the West.