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Abortion at Issue as Senate Debates Child Custody Protection Act

By July 24, 2006

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On July 25, the U.S. Senate will continue its debate on The Child Custody Protection Act (S. 403). Sponsored by Sen. John Ensign (R, Nevada), the bill would make it a federal offense for any person other than a parent or legal guardian to transport a minor across state lines for the purpose of obtaining an abortion if doing so circumvents laws in the minor's state of residence requiring parental involvement in and notification prior to the minor's abortion.

The Act makes an exception for abortions deemed medically necessary to save the life of the minor, and specifies that neither the minor nor her parent may be prosecuted or sued for a violation of the Act. Under the Act, "parent" includes any guardian, legal custodian, or person with binding power of attorney over the care and control of the minor, and with whom the minor regularly resides.

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on the Child Custody Protection Act on May 27, 2004.

Also See:
Brief History of the Abortion Controversy
Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision Overview

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