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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops explained on 4/27/05 about the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, "a mother in Pennsylvania, where parental involvement is required, testified before Congress that her daughter was taken without her knowledge to New Jersey for a secret abortion by the parents of her daughter's boyfriend. After contacting state police, she learned that nothing could be done to protect her parental rights....'We urge Congress to pass this law to help protect vulnerable girls from this kind of exploitation'" (USCCB, 4/27/05).  Tragically, "the legislation passed the House of Representatives in previous years but failed in the Senate due to filibuster efforts opposing it" (National Catholic Register, 2/18/13).

An item in the 2/15/13 edition of Pa Pro Life On Line News highlighted the continued need for the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act: "Abortion facilities are luring vulnerable teens across state lines for abortions.  Many states including Pennsylvania have laws that protect pregnant teens by making sure their parents are involved in the decision.  However, there are states on our borders that do not have such protections in place.  A look through yellow pages in phone books and online reveals that out of state abortion centers are targeting teens with ads that say they can get an abortions without telling their parents."


If you go to http://www.plannedparenthood.org/, you can enter a zip code to locate the closest of their so-called "health centers."  If you enter "19067" (Morrisville, Woodbourne, Woodside, and Yardley), for example, you will be first be directed to their facilities at the College of New Jersey and East State Street in Trenton (Unit 1 and Unit 2).   On a page devoted to Parental Consent and Notification Laws, Planned Parenthood indicates that "A judge can excuse you from" parental permission in Pennsylvania and that New Jersey has "no parental involvement requirement."

What happens in Jersey should very much concern Bucks County!  

On Saturday mornings at 9:45 a.m., a Rosary and a Chaplet of Divine Mercy are prayed near Clinton and East State Streets in Trenton.  On Thursday mornings from 8:30 to 9:30, the Rosary is prayed.

On 2/14/13, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act was re-introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives (HR 732) and the U.S. Senate (S 369), by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Senator Marco Rubio, respectively.   Kudos to Mike Fitzpatrick for being among the 112 co-sponsors of HR 732 and to Pat Toomey for being among the 28 co-sponsors of S.369.

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