Federal Parental Consent Passes Out Of Committee

On Tuesday the House Judiciary Committee voted to advance a bill that would make it a crime for anyone other than a parent to accompany a young woman outside her home state to have an abortion.

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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Myron Scott
Myron S5 years ago

Ernie wrote: "I like the way Republicans want less government unless it is for one of their backward pet causes."


Ernie Miller
william Miller5 years ago

I like the way Republicans want less government unless it is for one of their backward pet causes. Force a woman to have a child then let them starv to death by taking away all of the public aid for the poor that can not afford to have them.

Tony C.
Tony C5 years ago

When you try and vote the party of NO out you better make sure that you can vote. Some States have changed their voter registration laws so that even if you wanted to vote you won't be able to. PLEASE CHECK the voter registration laws of the States that you live in NOW, so that you can have the right ID when it comes time to vote. PLEASE tell ALL your friends about this, especially students, seniors, immigrants and the poor. I am sure that the 1% will be flocking to the voting booths so that they can retain their power and money. The 99% had better start THINKING about what will happen if the republicans get in again. For example, no contraceptives which will lead to more people. Right now 8 BILLION PLUS. No abortions even for sick babies, unwanted babies because of rape or incest. No Jobs, undrinkable water because of fracking, war with Iran, no health care. Abstinence programs only, which do not work and many others. Sex Education is needed so that unwanted pregnancy and abortion can be lessened along with STD’S that can KILL your child. So if you don't vote and get as many as you can to vote along with you and the republicans get into power this may and probably will happen. Here is an idea, car pool with a car full to the voting booths (saves gas) and after you vote, have a party and KNOW that you have done your best for your country. Have a designated driver. PLEASE REMEMBER, DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.

Virginia B.
Virginia B5 years ago

Why can't these lawmakers see farther than the front of their noses?! The more I hear about all of these monstrous legislations trying to run around "Roe vs. Wade", the more convinced I become that they are all blockheads! It is a known fact that children of single, underaged girls are far more liable to grow up to be socially disaffected adults, producing more criminals, more unwed mothers, more misfits. In short more and more social and fiscal problems for each state to confront.

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

Amanda M. i would like to add one more scernio to that list, what about the parents who force their daughters to have abortions? making a law like this makes it a lot harder for her to say "no, its my body and i dont want it done to me" i had a friend in high school, idk if she was being truthful or not but she seemed to keep getting pregnant and her parents kept making her have abortions, like i said idk if it was true but i wouldnt put it past some parents to do this. also, thinking back, i remember i had a friend who was white and got pregnant by a black guy who was her boyfriend and her father wanted to kick her out because of it, with a law like this, would stop racist parents like these from forcing their daughters to abort their unborn because of that level of hate?

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

wow talk about being a few steps above the taliban...

Deborah P.
Deborah P.5 years ago

I am glad I live in the UK. What are they trying to create in the US? The Republic of Gilead (dystopia from the Handmaid's tale for those who are wondering)

People who crow on about the rights of the unborn are the same who do not care about them when they are born. Anti-choice campaigners want to take the US back to the medieval days, when women had no choice, no human rights, and often died young. I have a few close female friends who terminated their pregnancies, most of them took time to think about it, they did not do it light heartedly and felt that it was the best choice at the time even if it was a particularly painful decision.

Even if you make abortion illegal again, abortions will still happen, women will go to "a woman who knows how " like they used to in the old days, resulting in dangerous, non-sterile procedures by untrained people. Or they will simply do a home termination, because every woman is advised about what to do to keep her pregnancy safe so they will just do the opposite. The only difference is that abortions will be done in unsafe ways endangering the woman's life, but they will carry on.

Sure if the Reps want to drag US women back to the days no healthcare, low life expectancy, poor quality of life, go ahead but don't be surprised when women in their droves vote for your opposite number.

Linda Gilbert
Gregory Gilbert5 years ago

Life begins at conception, except at fertility clinics where excess fertilized eggs are disposed of regularly.

Why aren't fertility clinics bombed and their doctors murdered?

It proves the point that most of the anti-abortion sentiment is really about the control of women and sex.

Lynnette Bower
Lynnette Bower5 years ago

Why is it only human embryos are sacred?

Marna C.
Marna Cahn5 years ago

so..if parents have a right to know what is happening to their children, then why when you send them off to college, and are paying an arm and a leg, do you lose all rights to any information??? this country needs to either have it one way or the other. You freaking anti choice people, put your money where your mouth is and pay up for all the new babies there will be when you take away a womans choice. You think it's easy for someone to go through this?? It is not an easy decision. In addition to having people who you don't know looking poking and prodding in the holy place....Get a life. Stay out of others business. When you get a vagina, then talk to me.