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Providing for Consideration of H.R. 748, Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

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PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 748, CHILD INTERSTATE ABORTION NOTIFICATION ACT -- (House of Representatives - April 27, 2005)

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Mr. CHABOT. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding me this time.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 748, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act of 2005, introduced by the gentlewoman from Florida (Ms. Ros-Lehtinen), and I want to thank her for her leadership on this.

We have passed this bill a number of times in a different form. There is one addition in this particular bill. But it is good legislation. I strongly encourage my colleagues to support it. CIANA is critical to better protecting young girls who fall prey to older men as well as ensuring fundamental parental rights, that parents have the right to be involved in the decisions of their daughters, particularly one that may have the long-term consequences of this particular decision.

CIANA builds on the Child Custody Protection Act by requiring that abortion providers provide 24 hours' notice to one of the minor's parents, or legal guardians if necessary, prior to performing an abortion, unless one of four carefully crafted exceptions is met. As I said, young girls are increasingly falling prey to older men who do not have the minor's best interests in mind. Parents are being left out of decisions in which they can provide critical information about their child's medical history and medical conditions as well as provide appropriate follow-up care if necessary. CIANA pushes back against this trend by allowing parents to have the chance to exercise their right to be involved in what may be the most important decision of their daughter's life.

There has been, obviously, concern raised and some umbrage taken about the amendments in the committee report. I do not think we should lose track of this important legislation, what it actually does; and I think that the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Gingrey) made a very important point, and that is that what was being pointed out was in regard to these amendments what the effects would be and how predators could take advantage of these amendments, not the intent of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle.

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Mr. CHABOT. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding me this time.

The gentlewoman said she has not heard a single case in which this law would have affected anything. I will send her the transcript of a witness at our hearing, Marcia Carroll, whose daughter was taken. An abortion was provided for that daughter. That daughter said she would do anything to undo what happened that day and that this is something the family should have some involvement in.

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