Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Child Custody Protection Act

More on this later. Vote expected today.

The bill text
(a) Offense-
(1) GENERALLY- Except as provided in subsection (b), whoever knowingly transports a minor across a State line, with the intent that such minor obtain an abortion, and thereby in fact abridges the right of a parent under a law requiring parental involvement in a minor's abortion decision, in force in the State where the minor resides, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

Sponsors and whatnot

Also, Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, in the House.
Frist hopes to endanger teen girls - Tennessee Guerilla Women
Congress Debates Abortion Bill Affecting Minors - Morning Edition


Blogger Aunt B said...

How are they going to enforce this? Are they going to sit at the borders of states and hand out pregnancy tests to all underage girls? Are they going to require that abortion providers hire private investigators to make sure that the girls are giving them correct addresses?

I'm not big on the idea that girls have medical proceedures without their parents' consent, but I think this is just ridiculous.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

It doesn't say how it will be enforced. It seems nearly impossible to enforce in a preventive way, so I'm guessing they're depending more on parents/guardians bringing cases against offenders. The punishment is "shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both" as well as allowing civil action. If I find out more, I'll let you know.

10:37 AM  
Blogger W said...

They'll probably put the burden of proof on doctors and clinics. Have them make sure out-of-staters are with their parents.

Eventually someone is going to try and make it a crime to go out of state for an abortion.

11:06 AM  

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