The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), would imprison doctors for up to a year if they perform an abortion on an out-of-state minor that is not accompanied by a parent. The committee rejected several proposed amendments that would have provided exceptions for rape or incest, when the life of the mother was at risk, and to allow grandparents and older siblings to accompany the minor instead of a parent.
The bill now moves to the House for a full vote. There is a companion measure in the Senate.
Anti-choice advocates know that they will not be able to make abortion uniformly unavailable in the United States, so CIANA is a back-door attempt to do so. Take Rep. Ros-Lehtinen’s home state of Florida, for example. It is practically impossible for a minor to get an abortion in the state, and she knows that. Now, under CIANA, that young woman from Florida is effectively prevented from accessing abortion care anywhere in the country.
By refusing any exceptions or recognizing that sometimes a parent is not a safe and trusted adult for a pregnant teen supporters of this bill show this isn’t about protecting lives at all. It’s about legislating a rigid and highly regulated social and cultural path for young girls and women.
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