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Child Custody Protection Prime for Action

Posted by thelamp on September 7, 2006

Congress reconvened this week, and among its unfinished business is a bill that would make it a federal crime to cross state lines for an abortion to avoid a state’s parental notification law. This valuable legislation is needed to close a regrettable loophole.

Some minors travel from or are transported from states with parental involvement laws to neighboring states that have no such laws in order to undergo abortions. Abortion clinics in states without parental involvement laws sometimes advertise their services in adjacent states that have such laws. The Child Custody Production Act would criminalize such blatant disregard for parental rights.

“This isn’t simply a women’s issue. It’s a parenting issue,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, founder of the Center for Moral Clarity. “Parents have a duty to guide and instruct their children, particularly through tough times. The Child Custody Protection Act prevents others from encroaching on a mother’s and father’s spiritual and moral guidance at a time when it is most needed.”

Pro-family advocates, including CMC members, are calling for action after Democrats used a procedural tactic to stall the Child Custody Protection Act from progressing to congressional negotiators as the Senate went into recess last month. Both the House and Senate have passed the bill, but the Senate has not voted to send it to a conference committee to work out the differences between the two versions.

The two chambers will have a month at most to finalize the measure before the November election. Since Republican leaders in Congress long ago set Oct. 6 as the target date for adjournment, there’s not a lot of time to waste. President Bush has said he will sign the legislation if it arrives on his desk.

Other important legislation CMC will be following in the remaining weeks of the 109th Congress includes:

  • The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which seeks to ban most online gambling. The House voted 317-93 for the measure in July, but the Senate has not acted on it.
  • The Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act, which would fund research to develop embryo-like stem cells without creating or knowingly harming human embryos. The Senate approved it in a 100-0 vote in July. Though the House voted 273-154 for the bill, it fell 12 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed under the rules that applied in this case. The House possibly could vote again on the measure under other rules.
  • A provision in the Defense Authorization Act of 2007, which allows military chaplains to pray in Jesus’ name at public events. The legislation, which would protect the rights of chaplains to pray according to their consciences, passed the House in May as part of a Department of Defense authorization bill. A conference report reconciling differences between the House and Senate versions of the authorization bill must be drafted and approved.
  • The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act, which would require an abortion doctor to inform a woman at least 20 weeks into her pregnancy of evidence about the severe pain her unborn child would experience during the procedure and to offer anesthesia for her baby if she still chooses to have an abortion.
  • The Human Cloning Prohibition Act, which would ban cloning for both reproductive and research purposes.
  • The RU 486 Suspension and Review Act, which would suspend the abortion drug’s sale while a review is conducted of the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the pill.
  • The Workplace Religious Freedom Act, which would restore protections to people of faith at work in such areas as clothing and time off for religious observances.


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