Fights over social issues in Congress look to rage as strongly as ever. Legislation introduced by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), would establish a ban on knowingly taking a minor across state lines with the intent of obtaining an abortion when such an action evades parental involvement laws in the minor's home state.
The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act would also require those who perform the abortion on out-of-state minors to notify a parent of the minor at least 24 hours before the abortion will take place.
Supporters say the measure is necessary because underage females are often taken across state lines for abortions without parental knowledge - in circumvention of such laws in their home states. The minor females can be coerced by adults, including older boyfriends, who want to cover up unplanned pregnancies, according to Right Side News.
Critics contend such a law would isolate desperate underage females from the trusted adults in their lives and increase the chance they will resort to unsafe alternatives for termination of their pregnancies. Or delay the procedure, making it more dangerous.
The legislation isn't new. In 2005, the Republican-controlled House passed the measure with 270 votes. The then-GOP majority Senate passed a narrower version of the bill, 65-34. But it then fell three votes short of the 60 needed on a procedural vote on the House-passed bill.
Via POPVOX and Right Side News.