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Child Custody Protection Act (S. 403): passage

07/25/2006
Senate Roll Call No. 216
109th Congress, 2nd Session

Passed: 65-34 (see complete tally)

More than half of the states have in effect laws that require notification to, or consent of, a parent before an abortion can be performed on a minor daughter (or a waiver from a state court).  However, these laws are often circumvented when minors are transported to other states that do not have parental involvement requirements, often under pressure from older boyfriends or in response to cross-border advertising by abortion providers.  The Child Custody Protection Act (S. 403), sponsored by Senator John Ensign (R-Nv.) and supported by NRLC, would prohibit the transportation of a minor girl across state lines to obtain an abortion, if this abridges the right of her parents to be involved in her abortion decision under their home-state law, with certain exceptions.  Violators could be prosecuted and/or sued.  On July 25, 2006, the Senate passed S. 403 by a vote of 65-34.  On this roll call, 51 Republicans and 14 Democrats voted for the bill, while four Republicans and 30 Democrats voted against it.  Roll call no. 216, July 25, 2006.  Note:  The House of Representatives already had passed the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA, H.R. 748), a bill sponsored by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl.), which addresses the same subject, in April 2005.  The House and Senate bills each contain some provisions not found in the other.  The next step in the process should be a House-Senate conference committee to hammer out a final version, but the Senate Democratic leadership has erected a procedural roadblock that they hope may derail the legislation; for further details, click here.



Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 216
Votes For : 65
Votes Against : 34
Not Voting : 1

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