October 21, 2012 by valuesvotersnyc
When I saw this headline last night, my heart went out to the victim, her family and the families of Naisha De Lain, Marilyn Ginel, and other slain pregnant women. Two lives were lost when Vindalee Smith was stabbed to death.
Vindalee Smith, 38, was found unconscious inside her basement East Flatbush apartment about 9:30 a.m., authorities said.
Smith, who was due to deliver a baby boy in two weeks, had stab wounds to her neck, a source said.
“Whoever did this must be the devil. He took the lives of not one but two people.”
Police were looking for suspects or a motive for the slaying, the source added.
Smith worked for a home health-care agency for the elderly. She was a devout Seventh-Day Adventist who frequented the nearby New Dimension Church — where she was supposed to get married today.
via “Pregnant Brooklyn bride found stabbed to death” at http://nyp.st/VfCDgy
The cries of Smith’s grieving family and church family will fall on deaf ears.
Fetal homicide charges cannot be brought against Ms. Smith’s killer for causing the death of her unborn child. It’s hard to believe that California is ahead of New York when it comes to criminal prosecutions regarding unborn children as a second victim, when their pregnant mothers are killed or injured.
Thirty-five states and federal law provide protection and justice for pregnant women and their unborn children who become victims of violence.
Homicide is now a leading cause of death among pregnant women.
For women, domestic violence increases during pregnancy. Nearly one in five women will be physically abused during pregnancy. For increasing numbers of women, rather than pregnancy being a peaceful time of preparation and growth of a healthy child, it can be a time of violence, grief and loss.
New York needs to enact its own fetal homicide law.
We have a moral obligation to ensure that those who harm or kill pregnant mothers and their unborn children are brought to justice. We can no longer let purposeful and vicious acts directed against unborn children continue go unpunished.
Democratic New York lawmakers must support a fetal homicide law as vigorously as they are demanding action on new gun control measures. They can no longer criticize Second Amendment supporters as gun zealots, yet remain blind to their own myopic regard for Roe v. Wade.
The families of Vindalee Smith, Naisha De Lain and Marilyn Ginel deserve justice and recognition for their murdered unborn grandchildren.
Voice your support for enacting the Unborn Victims of Violence Act by contacting bill sponsors: State Senator Patty Ritchie – S4347-2011 and Assemblyman Michael Cusick –A1673-2011. Also call Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and demand that they bring S4347/A1673 to a vote during the upcoming special session.
- Pregnant Woman Killed Ahead of Her Wedding (foxnews.com)
- Few answers so far in pregnant NYC woman’s death (ktvb.com)