Saturday, September 30, 2006

Parental Notification Falls Victim to Obstructionist Tactics Says Family Research Council

To: National Desk

Contact: J.P. Duffy of Family Research Council,
202-679-6800

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Late last
night, the U.S. Senate fell three votes short of the
60 needed to invoke cloture on the Child Custody
Protection Act. This critical legislation would make
it a federal offense to transport a minor across state
lines for an abortion if this action circumvents the
application of a state law requiring parental
involvement in a minor's abortion. Senators Bayh,
Carper, Conrad, Dorgan, Inouye, Kohl, Nelson (FL) and
Salazar voted against cloture after voting for the
legislation last month. Family Research Council (FRC)
President Tony Perkins released the following
statement:

"The only major piece of pro-life legislation
considered by Congress this session fell victim to the
deceptive and obstructionist tactics of Senate
Minority Leader Harry Reid and his allies who first
voted for the bill and then blocked it from getting to
the President. Last night, eight Senate Democrats
switched their votes, choosing instead to side with
abortion doctors and statutory rapists over parents
and families.

"Thirty-seven states have passed parental notification
laws with polls showing overwhelming support from over
80 percent of the American people. However, the
Senate's unconscionable failure to pass this
legislation undermines these state laws by allowing
almost anyone to strip a parents' rights away and
endanger the health and safety of minor girls
nationwide.

"We commend Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and
Senator Ensign for their leadership in promoting a
piece of legislation so important to America's
families."

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