The Lamp

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Don’t Cross the Line

Posted by thelamp on March 4, 2007

Transporting a minor across state lines for an abortion without parental consent ought to be a federal crime. It’s a common-sense measure that should transcend political lines – but in the last session of Congress, lawmakers were unable to move the legislation to the president for his signature. It’s time to try again.

Click here to send an e-mail urging Congress to pass the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

U.S. Ileana Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., and 105 original co-sponsors have re-introduced the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. This critical legislation makes it a federal crime to transport a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion, for the purpose of evading a state’s parental-consent law or parental-notification law.

Most people agree that parents should have a legal right to make medical decisions on behalf of their children. Surveys reveal a wide stream of support for the inclusion of parents in abortion decisions. In a 2004 Gallup poll, 69 percent of respondents favored parental notification.

It is a strange contradiction that girls must obtain signed parental consent to have their ears pierced or get a tattoo, yet they can have an abortion without a mother or father knowing it took place. Perhaps this is why 31 states have laws in effect that require the consent or notification of at least one parent, or court authorization, before a minor can obtain an abortion.

In November, voters in both California and Oregon rejected measures that would have required abortion clinics to notify parents 48 hours before performing abortions on underage girls. Thankfully, however, those states are in the minority. Twenty-two states have laws mandating parental consent for minors seeking an abortion, and 14 states require parents to be notified before an abortion is performed on a minor child. Another nine states have similar laws that are not being enforced because of court challenges.

The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act will not create a new mandate. It will simply require the enforcement of state laws that are designed to protect our daughters from potential harm.

The Center for Moral Clarity stands strong in support of parental rights. Parents are ultimately responsible for the health and safety of their children, and they need to be involved in the decision-making process.

“I have supported this bill, and members of the Center for Moral Clarity have urged their representatives in Congress to pass this legislation because it should be a federal offense to cross state lines in an effort to circumvent state parental notification laws,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and president of the Center for Moral Clarity. “This bill simply promotes parental involvement in one of the most important moral decisions their daughters will ever make.”

Parents must not be shut out of their children’s lives.


One Response to “Don’t Cross the Line”

  1. cumby said

    It is indeed ridiculous that parents need not be notified when one of their children seeks an abortion. There isn’t an eyeroll emoticon big enough for this. 🙄

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