CHILD INTERSTATE ABORTION NOTIFICATION ACT -- (House of Representatives - September 26, 2006)
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Mr. CHABOT. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding me this time and commend him for his leadership in this area. I rise in strong support of this amendment.
Despite widespread support for parental involvement laws and clear public policy considerations justifying them, substantial evidence exists that such laws are regularly evaded by individuals who transport minors to abortion providers in States that do not have parental notification and consent laws.
Confused and frightened young girls are routinely assisted by adults in obtaining abortions and are encouraged to avoid parental involvement by crossing State lines. Often these girls are guided by those who do not share the love and affection that most parents have for their children. Personal accounts indicate that sexual predators recognize the advantage they have over their victims and use this influence to encourage abortions in order to eliminate critical evidence of their criminal conduct and in turn allowing the abuse to continue undetected.
Although not an interstate abortion, in my district in Cincinnati there is an ongoing court case involving parental rights. A teenage girl, 13 at the time of the abortion, was given parental consent by a man posing as her stepbrother. This man, her abuser, was later convicted on seven charges of sexual battery.
Most recently, a judge ordered Planned Parenthood to turn over medical records in determining whether there was a pattern and practice within the clinic of violating parental consent laws.
Public policy is clear that parents should be involved in decisions that their daughters make regarding abortions. CIANA will assist in enforcing existing parental involvement laws that meet the relevant constitutional criteria and will provide for parental involvement when minors cross State lines to have abortions.
I urge my colleagues to support CIANA. There is no question that parents are the ones that should be involved in this type of critical decision. It shouldn't be the abuser or the rapist. I thank the chairman for pushing this legislation.
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