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Providing for Consideratins of S. 403, Child Custody Protection Act

Location: Washington, DC

PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF S. 403, CHILD CUSTODY PROTECTION ACT -- (House of Representatives - September 26, 2006)


Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the rule on Senate bill 403, the Child Custody Protection Act. I would like to commend Chairman Sensenbrenner for his continued leadership on this bill throughout the years, as well as Majority Mr. Leader Boehner for his help in bringing this crucial legislation to the floor this morning.

Abortion is perhaps one of the most life-altering, obviously, and life-threatening of procedures. It leaves lasting medical, emotional, and psychological consequences, especially for young girls.

The Child Custody Protection Act makes it a Federal offense to transport a minor girl across State lines in order to circumvent that State's abortion parental notification or consent laws.

This legislation has passed the House of Representatives once, twice, three times; and it passed the Senate this Congress by a bipartisan vote of 65-34.

In April of 2005, this Chamber overwhelmingly passed my bill, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, CIANA. CIANA incorporates all of the provisions that were previously contained in the Child Custody Protection Act and requires that, in a State without a parental notification requirement, that abortion providers notify a parent. This important provision will be included in this legislation, and I urge my colleagues to support this provision and ensure that we pass a more comprehensive bill.

There are many rules and regulations in our society that work to ensure the safety of our Nation's youth through parental support, parental guidance. In most schools, an under-aged child is prohibited from attending a school field trip without first obtaining a signed permission slip from a parent or a legal guardian. I have signed many for my daughters. But the decision of whether or not to obtain an abortion, a life-changing, potentially fatal and serious medical procedure, that seems to be an exception to these rules.

As a mother of two young ladies, I want to know what is going on with my girls on something as significant and as medically life-altering as an abortion. This legislation closes a loophole that allows adults to help minors break State laws by obtaining an abortion without parental consent. It is amazing, Mr. Speaker, that such a bill would even be necessary, because transporting a minor across State lines without parental permission for any other reason but to have an abortion is already a crime.

Therefore, I ask my colleagues to join me once again in supporting this commonsense legislation and the substitute amendment to strengthen the bill to ensure that our precious children are protected and that the right of our parents are upheld.

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