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Senate Approves Parent’ Rights Bill

Posted by thelamp on July 27, 2006

 The U.S. Senate Tuesday approved the Child Custody Protection Act by a vote of 65-34. The bill now must go to a House-Senate conference committee to reconcile differing versions of the proposed law.

CMC is a strong supporter of the Child Custody Protection Act because it upholds existing state laws requiring parental consent or parental notification before a minor child has an abortion.

“This bill is simply common sense,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and president of the Center for Moral Clarity. “Clearly it will save the lives of innocent babies, but even abortion advocates should acknowledge that it’s wrong to take a minor across state lines to avoid parental involvement in a major medical procedure such as an abortion. That strikes me as the ultimate exploitation of a young girl.”

“I urge Congress to quickly convene a conference committee for this bill and emerge with legislation that both the House and Senate can agree on, so it can go to President Bush for his signature before the end of this session.”

In Tuesday’s Senate vote, 14 Democrats and 51 Republicans approved the bill, while 29 Democrats, four Republicans and one independent voted against it. One Senator, Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California, missed the vote.

The major difference between the House and Senate versions of the law is that the House version, passed last year, would penalize physicians who knowingly perform abortions for minors who have been taken across state lines for the procedure. The Senate version doesn’t include that provision.

If a reconciled version of the Child Custody Protection Act becomes law, it would become a crime to transport a minor across state lines to help her obtain an abortion, if the trip circumvents a parental-consent or parental-notification law in the minor’s state of residence. Most states have either a parental-consent or a parental notification law concerning abortion.

Violators would face fines and up to a year in prison. The minor child, or her parents, wouldn’t face prosecution. The House has passed a version of this bill in previous sessions of Congress, but this is the first time the Senate has passed it.

“Most parents I know wouldn’t let someone take their daughters across state lines to have their ears pierced,” said Pastor Parsley. “To break a state law by taking a minor child to another state for an abortion is simply unconscionable. We know this happens because abortion clinics in states where there is no parental-involvement law advertise in neighboring states. It’s a practice that needs to stop primarily for the sake of the health of the minor children.”


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