Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's signature pro life legislation, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), was approved today during a vote in the House Judiciary Committee. CIANA, a pro life bill that protects the rights of parents so that their teenage daughters are not taken to another state to get an abortion without their consent, passed with a final vote of 20 to 13. CIANA currently has 160 co-sponsors and Cong. Ros-Lehtinen has introduced CIANA in each Congress since 2005.
CIANA would make it a federal crime to transport a minor across state lines for the purposes of circumventing the parental consent/notification laws of the minor's home state. It currently has 158 cosponsors. The House Constitution Subcommittee held a hearing on CIANA on March 8th.
Said Ros-Lehtinen: "I am glad CIANA was approved today in a vote of the Judiciary Committee and I thank Chairman Smith and the Members of the Committee who voted for it. CIANA is a common-sense legislation that protects the rights of parents. We are now one step closer to full consideration by the House and I look forward to this. The efforts of state legislatures to protect the rights of parents and of the unborn must be not be circumvented."