Sen. Barbara Boxer Opposes Unborn Victims of Violence Act In Spite Of Grieving Mother

Tracy Marcianiak was five days away from giving birth to her son who she had named Zachariah on February 8, 1992 when her estranged husband came to the apartment and punched her in the stomach. She miscarried her baby and spent three weeks in the hospital herself. She lived in Milwaukee and Wisconsin law had no legislation saying that the killing of an unborn baby was a crime.

The Unborn Victims of Violence Act was legislation that would make killing a wanted unborn baby a felony. Pro-choice activists argued against this bill, which ended up passing.

According to Marcianiak:

“My son was five days from full term, and for them to tell me my son was nothing, it’s just wrong. Where were my child’s rights when he was ripped from my womb and killed, and I was told he was nothing?”


“Senate Passes Unborn Victims Bill” Fox March 26, 2004, Debra Rosenberg, “The War over Fetal Rights” Newsweek, June 9, 2003

Marcianiak is pro-choice, but cannot understand pro-choice opposition to the bill. According to pro-abortion Sen. Barbara Boxer, who opposed the bill:

“They want to undermine Roe versus Wade and a woman’s right to choose. It shocks me. I’m at a loss for words, and that’s hard for me to be.”

Jack Torry “Killing Fetus Is Murder in Bill Sent to Bush” Columbus Dispatch, March 26, 2004 3A

Quoted in Ramesh Ponnauru The Party of Death (Washington DC: Regnery Publishing, 2006) 39 – 40


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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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