9-Month Pregnant Woman Slain - Murder of Unborn Child Will Go Unpunished
By Tim Waggoner
ST. JOHN’S, NL, June 10, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A 29-year-old Newfoundland mother was days away from delivering her third child when she was brutally murdered by her boyfriend and the father of the baby, Warren White. Four neighbourhood kids recently made the gruesome discovery of her dismembered body in a forest near an apartment the couple had moved into six months previous.
Amanda Power, who was already a mother of two, was nine months pregnant according to her father, reported the Canadian Press.
"She was almost due," said Peter Power. "I don’t think there’s a worse hurt in the world that can compare with this."
Holding off tears, the devastated father continued, "She was always a happy-go-lucky child, smiling, friends with everybody."
Power then commented on his daughter’s other two children, aged 10 and 12, who live with Power and have not seen their mother for 18 months. "It was really tough and they’re finding it hard, but a lot of family and friends are keeping them busy, keeping their minds off it," he said.
Current Canadian law has no legislation regarding the unborn. Hence, White will escape unpunished for the murder of his child. So far White has been charged only with second-degree murder for the murder of his girlfriend and performing an indignity to a dead body.
If Bill C-484 - which is currently making its way through Canadian parliament - were to be passed, however, White could be facing a life sentence for the murder of the baby in addition to a sentence for the murder of his girlfriend. The Unborn Victims of Violent Crime Bill recently passed second reading in the House of Commons, but is facing stiff opposition from pro-aborts who fear the bill is a step towards the re-criminalization of abortion.
Conservative MP Ken Epp, who is sponsoring Bill C-484, has said that his bill is an attempt to curb violent crimes against pregnant mothers. Statistics show that pregnant women are victims of violent crimes at a much higher rate than non-pregnant women.
"What message are we sending to would-be abusers when our justice system turns a blind eye to the intentional killing of a woman’s unborn child against her will?" Epp has asked in the past. "We are only encouraging violence against pregnant women."
A representative for Women for Women’s Health, which has represented the families of pregnant women who have been victims of violent crime, also condemned those opposing Bill C-484, saying, "It appears to me that people opposing this legislation are bluntly twisting the truth and ignoring the fact that the proposed bill makes a point of stating that this does not apply to a woman’s right to choose. It is either intellectual laziness or pure lies to propagate the notion that this will criminalize abortion."
White is undergoing psychological evaluation and will reappear in court on June 16.
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