Cong. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is pleased to announce that the "Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act" (CIANA) has reached 100 co-sponsors, demonstrating the wide ranging support that the legislation enjoys. This bill makes it a federal offense to transport a minor across state lines to circumvent that state's abortion parental notification laws.
CIANA also requires that in a state without a parental notification requirement, abortion providers are required to notify a parent. About 80 % of the public favors parental notification laws, and 36 states require some parental involvement in a minor's decision to have an abortion. However, these laws can be evaded by interstate transportation of minors, often encouraged by advertisers of abortion providers. CIANA would apply parental notification laws to all 50 states thus closing this loophole.
Ros-Lehtinen's CIANA legislation has also been introduced in the Senate by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT).
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "It is very disturbing to know that minors can get abortions without their parents ever finding out. And to make matters worse, if the minor happens to live in a state that does have parental notification laws, she can travel to a state without these laws and get an abortion. I find this appalling and that is why I have continuously introduced my CIANA bill so that all 50 states have parental notification laws. This legislation is a logical solution to deal with this important issue. I urge my colleagues to join the 100 co-sponsors who have already signed on so that we may send a united message to abortion providers telling them that their scheme of taking advantage of our minors has come to an end."