Protection for Momma and baby

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ALBUQUERQUE – A recent report by Albuquerque CBS affiliate KQRE Channel 13 says that Rep. Larry Larranaga (R-Albuquerque) will reintroduce a bill that would make it a double crime when a pregnant woman and her unborn baby are murdered as the result of domestic violence.  Larranaga proposed this bill once before in 2005 but because of misunderstanding as to how it relates to abortion laws, it never went forward.  This bill was originally drafted in the wake of the Santa Fe murder of Sarah and Benny Lovato and Sarah’s unborn baby, Isaac. Now Rep. Larranaga is re-introducing the bill as requested by the Lovato’s family.  Marino Leyba Junior was convicted for the murders of Benny and Sarah, but not for the baby because no law is in force in New Mexico that protects the rights of baby Isaac.

Violence against pregnant women has been happening for thousands of years.  In the Bible God gives clear instructions for what should happen to the person that shows violence toward a pregnant woman and causes the unborn baby to die.  It says this: “If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life” (Exodus 21:22-23).  With or without abortion laws, this directive is clear and unchanging.  When you murder an unborn baby, you shall give your life as a payment for that crime.

Representative Larranaga is doing the right thing.  He is bringing light to a law that has existed since the time of Moses.  The problem that was faced the last time Larranaga introduced this bill was not that this is a new law; the problem is that love has waxed cold in this world and we have forgotten the guidelines that have been given for the penalty of crime.

The Unborn Victims of Violence Act is not a new law. There is nothing new under the sun.  You may email Rep. Larranaga to show your support for The Unborn Victims of Violence Act, call his office at (505) 986-4215 or email him at

“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

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Pamela Rose Williams

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