Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA) (S. 403, as amended)

Senate Roll Call No. 263
109th Congress, 2nd Session

Rejected: 57-42 (see complete tally)

On roll call no. 4, which was the final vote of the 109th Congress on parental notification legislation, Senate Democrats blocked final approval of the legislation, although the bill had the support of a majority of senators.  Months earlier, on July 25, 2006, the Senate had given initial approval to the Child Custody Protection Act (S. 403), by a vote of 65-34, shown in this scorecard as vote no. 3.  This bill would have prohibited transporting a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion, if this abridged the parents' right to be notified under the home-state law.  However, the Senate Democratic leadership subsequently raised unusual procedural barriers that prevented the bill from going to a House-Senate conference committee.  In an attempt to get around this roadblock, on September 26, the House of Representatives took up the Senate-passed bill, added a provision to require an abortionist in any state to notify one parent before performing an abortion on a minor from another state (with certain exceptions), and sent the bill back to the Senate (under the title "Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act," or CIANA).  Then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tn.), a strong supporter of the bill,  forced a "cloture vote" in a final attempt to break through the procedural roadblock and send the bill to President Bush for his signature.  On the vote shown here as roll call no. 4, which occurred on September 29, 2006, 57 senators voted in favor of the pro-life cloture motion, but this was three votes short of the 60 votes necessary to overcome the minority's obstructionism and send the bill to President Bush for his signature.  Of the 14 Democrats who initially had voted in favor of S. 403 on July 25, eight flipped and voted to kill the bill:  Ken Salazar (Co.), Tom Carper (De.), Bill Nelson (Fl.), Daniel Inouye (Hi.), Evan Bayh (In.), Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan (both ND), and Herb Kohl (Wi).  Fifty-one (51) out of 55 Senate Republicans voted to advance the bill, while 38 out of 45 members of the Senate Democratic caucus voted to kill it.  Senate roll call no. 263, September 29, 2006.

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 263
Votes For : 57
Votes Against : 42
Not Voting : 1

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