Monday, February 14, 2005

Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) has introduced H.R. 748, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), with the bi-partisan support of 108 original cosponsors.

This critical legislation makes it a Federal offense to transport a minor across state lines to circumvent that state's abortion parental notification laws.

In addition, the bill will require that in a state without a parental notification requirement, abortion providers are required to notify a parent.

About 80% of the public favors parental notification laws, and over 30 states have enacted such laws. Yet, these laws are often evaded by interstate transportation of minors, often openly encouraged in advertising by abortion providers.

Said Ros-Lehtinen, "A minor who is forbidden to drink alcohol, to stay out past a certain hour, or to get her ears pierced, is certainly not prepared to make a life-altering, hazardous and potentially fatal decision, such as abortion, without the consultation or consent of at least one parent."

"My legislation will close a loophole that allows adults not only to help minors break state laws by obtaining an abortion without parental consent, but also contributes to ending the life of an innocent child," said Ros-Lehtinen. "I am hopeful that in this 109th Session of Congress, we will be successful in securing the rights of parents once and for all."

Be sure to contact your representative in support of this legislation!


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