ALEXANDER COSPONSORS BILL TO PROTECT HEALTH OF PREGNANT MINORS, RIGHTS OF PARENTS

Bill Passes Senate 65-34

Posted on July 26, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) made the following statement after voting for S. 403, the Child Custody Protection Act, which he cosponsored: “In many cases, we’re talking about girls who couldn’t even go on a school field trip without a parent’s permission. It’s only right that a young lady should have her parent’s involvement in such a decision. I was proud to cosponsor and vote for this bill to help protect the health and safety of pregnant minors, as well as the rights of parents to be involved in the medical decisions of their minor daughters.” The Child Custody Protection Act makes it a federal offense to transport a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion if doing so is intended to circumvent a parental notification or consent statute in the minor’s residing state. At least 37 states – including Tennessee – have enacted statutes imposing legal obligations on pregnant minors to notify or gain the consent of their parents before getting an abortion. The bill passed by a vote of 65 to 34.