There is nothing I like to catch in my crab trap more than an issue that is unfair to children, and today the trap was full.
Yesterday, April 28, 2009 a Texas House Bill, HB 3318 pas passed by the Texas State Criminal Jurisprudence Committee 7 to 1 and it is now on its way to the calendars Committee making it one step away from being passed into law.
If you are not familiar with this bill here is some information you need to know. The bill HB 3318 was introduced by Jessica Farrar D - Houston, and it sets up the worst miscarriage of justice that the state has ever seen. Known as the "Infanticide Bill" HB 3318 would effectively reduce the crime of murder of a baby that is between the ages of 0 (newborn) - 12 months old to only a state felony carrying a maximum of only 2 years and a minimum of 180 days, allowing a mother who kills her baby to be set free with only 6 months served!
Currently in Texas if you murder a child under the age of 6 years old, it is Capital Murder, punishable by life in prison or the death penalty. If this bill passes Texas will be the first state in the nation to have such a law.
Apparently Ms. Farrar and the 7 yays on the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee believe that children, babies under 12 months old are not worth as much as those who are age 1 to 6. Farrar introduced the bill citing that mothers who murder their babies between newborn age and 12 months may do so from the effects of giving birth or effects from lactation.
If we allow this bill to pass we are all but giving permission for new mothers to murder their babies with little more then a slap on the hand...outrageous!! Right now across this nation there are mothers sitting in jail awaiting trial for murdering their own children and unfortunately this crime of the ultimate betrayal is rising in numbers. While there are some cases that may indeed be the result of some kind of mental postpartum disorder, as with Andrea Yates, the majority are more in line with selfishness more like the current case involving Casey Anthony.
Under the law as it now stands, the state is able to seek justice for these the smallest, most innocent, and helpless of victims yielding a punishment that is proportionate to the crime. The trial is where any evidence of mental issues or disorders should be presented and weighed and the judge and jury are able to take those under consideration. Under the HB 3318 it will allow the "scape goat" of mental disorder to any and every child murderer whether or not it was indeed the reason.
If HB 3318 passes it will be less of a crime to murder your baby then drink and drive. As adults it is our responsibility to take care of our children, not just our own, but ALL children. We must not let this bill pass, we must request it to be thrown out forever. We must give our judicial system the freedom to do the job it was designed to do instead of allowing laws to be passed that protect the guilty.
Below I have posted the names of the members of the Calendar's Committee in Austin. Please call them and let them know that we do not want this bill to pass...our children are counting on us.
Brian McCall-Chair: 512-463-0594
Eddie Lucio-Vice Chair: 512-463-0606
Norma Chavez: 512-463-0622
Garnett Coleman: 512-463-0524
Byron Cook: 512-463-0730
Brandon Creighton: 512-463-0726
Charlie Geren: 512-463-0610
Jim Keffer: 512-463-0656
Lois Kolkhorst: 512-463-0600
Edmund Kuempel: 512-463-0602
Jim McReynolds: 512-463-0490
Alan Ritter: 512-463-0706
Burt Solomons: 512-463-0478
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