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Child Custody Protection Act: hostile motion
Scott motion to recommit the bill
07/15/1998
House Roll Call No. 279
105th Congress, 2nd Session

Failed: 158-269 (see complete tally)
The Child Custody Protection Act (H.R. 3682), sponsored by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl.), would make it a federal crime to transport a minor across a state line for an abortion, if this circumvents a
state law requiring parental or judicial involvement in the minor's abortion decision. The bill would protect the effectiveness of the parental involvement laws of more than 20 states. When H.R.3682 came before the House on July 15, 1998, pro-abortion Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) offered what is called a "motion to recommit" the bill. If successful, this motion would have gutted the bill, replacing it with an alternative proposal under which interstate transportation of a minor would be illegal only when "force or the threat of force" is used. In short, the Scott motion would have given the congressional stamp of approval to infringements of parental rights, rather than affirming and protecting those rights. The Scott motion failed, 158-269,House roll call no. 279, July 15, 1998.


Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 279
Votes For : 158
Votes Against : 269
Not Voting : 7

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