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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

House committee takes step to prevent transporting minors across state lines for abortions

Taking a step closer to making it a federal crime to transport a minor across a state line in circumvention of a state law requiring parental involvement in the minor's abortion, yesterday the House Judiciary Committee approved the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), H.R. 2299 by a vote of 20 to 13. The bill also requires parental notice for abortions on minors who are from a state other than where the abortion will take place. 
Several polls indicate that roughly seven in ten Americans support parental involvement laws. 
  • Video and roll call votes on the amendments offered during the markup: here.
  • Video of Rep. Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee: Opening Statement
  • Video of Rep. Trent Franks, Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution: Opening Statement

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