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House Passes the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

For Immediate Release. May 2 , 2005 The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act H.R. 748 [CIANA] was passed by the House of Representatives on April 27, 2005, by a 270-157 vote.   

The measure would impose fines, jail time, or both on adults and physicians involved in most cases where minors were taken out-of-state to receive abortions, thus reflecting the increasing public support for requiring parents' involvement in their pregnant daughter's decisions.

Since 1998 the House of Representatives has approved the bill three times.  The measure in the Senate is expected to face a more difficult challenge.  

Currently, about 50 percent of the states have parental notification or consent laws.  However, by traveling or being transported to states that do not have such parental notification laws in effect, young girls frequently skirt the law many times as a result of pressure from an older boyfriend or the agent of an abortion provider.

Unless the abortionist is required already to notify a parent by state law where they practice; or unless the minor has a court authorization for the abortion, the measure requires parental notification prior to performing an abortion procedure on an out-of-state minor.  The abortionist is required to notify the appropriate state child abuse agency instead of a parent in the event that the minor indicates that she is a victim of abuse.  

A majority of minors who become pregnant are impregnated by men 18 years of age or older according to some studies.  And to obtain an abortion, the man, or their family member, sometimes takes the underaged girl across state lines.  Since these individuals are vulnerable to statutory rape charges, these men have incentive to keep the pregnancy hidden by means of a secret abortion.  This measure protects such vulnerable minor girls from being victimized by such individuals.  

“Far too often today, parental rights and involvement in their children's lives are usurped by the courts and the legislative process,” said  Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public policy.  “Unless there are mitigating circumstances, children should not undergo a medical surgical procedure without a parent's involvement or consent.  Furthermore, a pregnant girl's emotional well-being is questionable and more than anytime in her young life needs her parent's love and guidance to make a rational and proper decision instead of one based on irrational and emotional fear.  It is illogical as well as unfortunate that special interest groups as well as politicians would fight such legislation which is in the child's best interest  and when parental consent is required for a school nurse to give an aspirin to their child,” added Dr. Rutkowski.  

For Interviews Contact:

Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy

jrutkowski@americanvoiceinstitute.org

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