.- Family and pro-life groups are pleased with the Scott Petersonâs conviction for the murder of his wife, Laci, and his preborn child, Connor. This is the first case in which the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which was passed after the murders of Laci and Connor, was applied.
"It is heartening to know that Scott Peterson is being held accountable for the two crimes that he committed against his wife, Laci, and his preborn child Connor,â Judie Brown, president of American Life League. âThe verdict makes it crystal clear that he, and all those who reside in the womb, are indeed human persons; not possessions. This is a landmark conviction because of its recognition of the preborn child as a human being who deserves equal protection under the law.
The American Life League noted the legal contradiction that while the new law recognizes the preborn child as a human being deserving justice when he or she is killed due to a violent act perpetrated against his mother, abortion is not a crime.
"This case put the unborn child on the map,â said Randy Thomasson, executive director of Campaign for California Families.
Thomasson said the jury should have delivered a first-degree conviction for Petersonâs premeditated murder of his unborn son. âConnor's life was worth as much as Laci's,â said Thomasson. âA person is a person, no matter how small."