Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Pro-abortion groups voiced strong opposition last week to a US Senate proposal aimed at protecting girls from adult sexual predators, who can presently take girls across state lines in order for them to obtain abortions without their parents’ knowledge or consent.
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on June 3 to consider testimony on the Child Custody Protection Act (S. 851). The bill, sponsored by Nevada Republican John Ensign, would make it a crime for an adult to transport a minor from a state with a parental notification law to a state without such a law in order to obtain an abortion. In his testimony Ensign said the bill simply seeks to help states enforce their own laws, while also helping to make sure that a girl’s parents are involved in deciding what to do about an unplanned pregnancy - a traumatic situation that requires parental involvement. “Few issues bring out emotion like abortion but there are many issues where we can agree and this should be one of them.”
The chairman of the committee, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), concurred, saying, “This is the type of legislation that even some pro-choice advocates agree with. Dr. Bruce A. Lucero, a former abortionist from Alabama, has performed 45,000 abortions. He supports this legislation. In a New York Times op-ed, he wrote that ‘dangerous complications’ are more likely to result when parents are not involved in out-of-state abortions.”
But pro-abortion groups came out in opposition to the bill. The Center for Reproductive Rights distributed a press release at the hearing expressing their opposition because it ignores "the fact that some young women cannot involve their parents in their abortion decision." And the American Civil Liberties Union seemed opposed to the bill because of its support for the current situation, in which it is easy to circumvent parental notification laws. "The bill saddles a young woman with laws of her home state no matter where she travels in the nation," the organization said in a press release.
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I just love America. Your children can't get their ear's pierced without a parent's permission, yet they can have a baby pierced without their permission. In the case of those states where they disallowed that then my friends step in to circumvent the law. Bravo to the Center for Reproductive Rights.
Every child a wanted child, as in wanted dead not alive.