Marco Rubio and Orrin Hatch Team Up to Defend Parental Notification Laws on Abortion

Florida Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio teamed up with one of the giants of the Senate on Tuesday to introduce a measure looking to prevent minors being taken across state lines to receive an abortion.

Rubio joined with U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a veteran of the Senate who is under fire from the tea party and facing a serious primary challenge next year, to sponsor the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA). CIANA would make taking a minor into another state to receive an abortion a federal crime if this is done to avoid parental notification laws. CIANA would also ensure that abortion providers notify parents of minors from other states looking to have an abortion performed. The proposal, which will have a difficult time passing in the Democratic-controlled Senate, would not be applied to medical emergencies.

“The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act would help prevent the evasion of parental consent and notification laws in 36 states,” Rubio said on Tuesday. “State parental involvement laws have been undermined and circumvented by those who simply travel to other states. It is important that this practice end permanently and states have the ability to enforce their laws.”

“I’m proud to stand with Senator Rubio in introducing this important legislation that is based on the belief that children should not make profound, life-changing decisions by themselves and that parents are in the best and most responsible position to help them,” said Hatch. “It includes appropriate exceptions and safeguards in order to focus on what unites the vast majority of Americans, that parents should be involved before their child has an abortion. This bill is a legitimate and constitutional way for Congress to help protect children and support parents.”
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