‘Do-or-Die’ Vote Looming on Parental Notification Legislation

Please be sure to contact your Senators today, and let them know that you want them to vote for this law.

(AgapePress) – Most schools require a parent’s permission for a child to go on a field trip or even take an aspirin while at school. However, a minor girl can cross state lines to have an abortion — without her parents’ knowledge. That, say parental-rights advocates, is exactly why the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA) must be signed into law.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has filed cloture on S. 403, which means the U.S. Senate could conduct a cloture vote on CIANA as early as Friday (September 29). It passed the bill once already in July, when it was known as the Child Custody Protection Act, on a 65-34 bipartisan vote. But Democratic leaders had prevented it from going to conference committee with the House, which had passed a similar bill last year. On Tuesday, however, the U.S. House voted 264-153 in favor of S. 403, adding to the Senate’s version a provision that would require abortion providers to notify parents of a minor seeking an abortion at least 24 hours before it takes place.
If 60 senators vote for cloture on Friday, any filibuster attempts would be eliminated and the chamber would be required to conduct an up-or-down vote on the bill before adjourning — which is scheduled for either Friday or Saturday. A simple majority is necessary for passage of CIANA.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council in the nation’s capital, is urging concerned citizens to contact their senators — now. “We must get at least 60 of these Senators to vote ‘Yes’ on cloture for CIANA, or the bill dies for the year,” he explains. “Senators are very busy, but they must show up for the actual cloture vote, or we might not achieve 60 votes,” he continues. “Please let them know you want them at the vote — and to vote ‘Yes’ on cloture.”
CIANA would make it a federal offense for anyone to take a minor across state lines for an abortion with the intention of getting around a state law that requires parental involvement in the abortion decision. Perkins notes that polls indicate that upwards of 80 percent of Americans support parental notification laws.
“The Senate must protect the rights of parents and the welfare of minor girls nationwide,” the FRC leader says. “This is the most important piece of pro-life legislation considered by Congress this session, and the Senate must get it done. It’s crunch time.”

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