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The Child Custody Protection Act Empowers Parents And Protects Teenage Girls

For Immediate Release. April 18, 2002The House of Representatives should be applauded for its efforts in passing the Child Custody Protection Act (H.R. 476).

Currently, before an abortion can be performed on a minor, more than 30 states have laws requiring consent or notification of at least one parent.  However, many minors are routinely transported by adults to states that do not have parental-involvement laws so that they can avoid their own state’s requirements and obtain abortions without parental notification.

However, anyone other then a parent, including a close relative such as a sister or an aunt, who takes a girl under 17 across state lines to circumvent the laws would be committing a crime according to this latest House measure.

“It does not make sense for a dangerous medical procedure like an abortion with such lasting effects to allow a stranger to take a girl across state lines to circumvent parental consent laws,” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.  “Parents must grant permission just for their child to play a sport or to receive an aspirin from a school nurse.”

Best suited to provide counsel, guidance, and support for children are their parents. This measure guards the rights of parents to be involved in the medical decisions of their daughters.

“Washington must continue to set a tone that sends a message to promote pro-family and pro-life values that uplift a ‘culture of life’ instead of the status quo ‘culture of death,” stated Dr. Rutkowski.

For Interviews Contact:

Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy
757-436-5927
jrutkowski@americanvoiceinstitute.org

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