"Both federal law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice allow for a murder charge when a person causes the death of an unborn child. One of the victims, Private Francheska Velez, was pregnant when she was killed and as a result, her child died as well," said Risch. "It is important for this child to have justice and for recognition that this family suffered two deaths in this senseless rampage."
Risch joins fellow U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in calling for the additional charge of murder against Hasan, who will be tried in military court.
"As a former prosecuting attorney, I understand the importance of treating all lives, including those of the unborn, with dignity and respect. Prosecuting Major Hasan for taking the life of an unborn child is consistent not only with the demands of the UCMJ, but also consistent with the demands for justice," Risch concluded.
Let's hope that Risch and his allies work equally hard to extend this compassion to babies and their families who are currently living.
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