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Monday, May 16, 2005

Hohenwald News: Sen. Jackson's Bill

The Democratic Senator for the 25th District (Dickson, Giles, Hickman, Humphreys, Lawrence, and Lewis Counties) demonstrates yet again why I have to occasionally pull the lever for a member of Michael Moore's party. It hurts to vote for Bredesen, or Sen. Jackson, but its the right thing to do, and I have to take my medicine like a man.

His bill will make the killing of an unborn to be the legal equivalent of the killing of any other human being for the purposes of murder and manslaugter. He references two tragedies to explain his view. One a pregnant woman was gunned down in the streets of Nashville, and she and her baby died. But the men were only tried for the killing of the woman.

He says that getting them for the baby would have lengthened their sentences. True. Of course, I'm wondering why they didn't swing from a rope for the initial crime, but thats just me.

The other example is a woman who was hit in her car by a vehicle fleeing the police which caused her to have a stillborn baby. The other driver got off on lesser charges, and this law would have made that vehicular homicide.

I think this is a law that pro-life and pro-choice can get behind. Pro-lifers want to protect the baby, and pro-choicers want to protect the woman's choice which is being taken from her by criminals. So feel free to send an email to Doug Jackson at sen.doug.jackson@legislature.state.tn.us, and tell him that Hohenwald News and you support this bill.

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