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Hoekstra Votes to Criminalize Transporting Minors Over State Lines for Abortions

Location: Washington, DC

Hoekstra Votes to Criminalize Transporting Minors over State Lines for Abortions
Legislation also Criminalizes Abortion Practitioners Performing Such Abortions from Failing to Notify Parents, Legal Guardians Less than 24 Hours Prior to Abortion

U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland, today voted to create a federal law against transporting females less than 17 years old across state lines to undergo an abortion to evade parental consent or parental notification laws in the minor's home state.

"I am opposed to abortion under any circumstances," Hoekstra said. "I have consistently fought to protect the lives of the unborn and will continue to do so, especially when it involves pressuring young women into breaking the law to undergo the procedure."

The House passed the Child Custody Protection Act (S. 403) by a vote of 264 to 153. The bill also requires abortion practitioners performing interstate abortions to notify the minor's parents or legal guardian 24 hours prior to the procedure.

Violators of either component of the bill are subject to a $100,000 fine, one year in jail or both.

"At the very least parents deserve to be involved in such a major decision concerning their children," Hoekstra said. "The Child Custody Protection Act will help to protect minors from being coerced into aborting an unborn child without notifying their parents."

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