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Senators Kill Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

Posted by thelamp on October 4, 2006

There was almost a reason to celebrate. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives responded to the voice of America, which loudly proclaimed that parental involvement superceded a minor’s right to have an abortion. Hours before Congress adjourned for pre-election campaigning, however, eight senators abandoned families and killed the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

The week started out on a high note for pro-lifers. On a 264-153 vote the House overwhelmingly passed the bill, which was a version of the Child Custody Protection Act that the Senate had passed on July 25. The law would have required notification of a parent before a minor could obtain an out-of-state abortion. Accompanying a minor across a state line to get an abortion by avoiding parental notification where the girl lives would have become a federal crime.

The Center for Moral Clarity was among numerous Christian groups that actively supported this important piece of legislation.

“Parents’ rights are being denied by leaders entrusted with fulfilling the will of the people. That’s more than a disappointment; it’s devastating, because without this law families will deteriorate,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, CMC’s founder and president. “Girls have to get their parents’ permission to get their ears pierced, but they can kill a baby without saying a word to them. Something’s wrong with that, and I encourage anyone who believes as I do to continue fighting for parents’ rights and not to be discouraged.”

Eight senators — Ken Salazar, D-Colo.; Tom Carper, D-Del.E; Bill Nelson, D-Fla.; Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii; Evan Bayh, D-Ind.; Kent Conrad, D-N.D.; Byron Dorgan, D-N.D.; and Herb Kohl D-Wisc. — all voted “yes” in July. Last week, they did an about-face and refused to send the bill to the floor for a full-Senate vote.

This is a disservice to America. Parents have been asking Congress for this law throughout the 109th Congress (Send an email to your senators. Let them know how disappointed you are). The nation’s leaders even heard heartfelt pleas from mothers of young girls who were taken across state lines to circumvent parental-involvement laws. Apparently, their pleas fell on deaf ears. Because a handful of senators don’t understand that independent state laws are meaningless without federal backing to punish violators, families across the nation will suffer dire consequences.


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