Fetal homicide bill defeated by Democrats not a Trojan horse for personhood, sponsor says
Heather Surovik, a mother who lost a pregnancy as the result of a car accident last July, says her unborn son, Brady, was indeed a person. "He was eight pounds, two ounces and was a perfect little boy," she told lawmakers yesterday.
Surovik testified in favor of Joshi's bill. She said she was in the last few weeks of her pregnancy and on the way home from a doctor visit when her car was struck by a drunk driver. Surovik, her mother and her five-year-old son survived the crash. Brady did not.
Melanie Asmar Heather Surovik speaks at a press conference as her mother, beside her, holds a photo of Brady.
Learning that prosecutors could charge the driver with destroying her property but not with the death of her son was difficult, Surovik said. "Every year the legislature looks for excuses to reject the recognition of babies like Brady as victims of violent crimes is another year that you choose to side with the criminals and against mothers," she added.
Ellen Belef of the group We Are Women Colorado testified against the bill. While she said she sympathizes with women who've lost babies and is in favor of holding accountable those responsible, "this is not the way to accomplish that."
Representative Ray Scott asked Belef to clarify her language, noting that she'd used the word "babies." He asked her a simple question: What exactly have those women lost?
"They lost a pregnancy," Belef said politely. In the audience, Surovik began to cry.
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