Republicans for Choice Oppose Child Custody Protection Act
The 'liberal media' never interviews pro-choice Republicans. They wouldn't want to shatter stereotypes and make people think now would they?
This is from the Republican Majority for Choice, a DC-based group with over 500,000 pro-choice members:
The U.S. Senate continues debate today on the Child Custody Protection Act (CCPA) and a vote is expected tonight. This bill would make it a crime for anyone other than a parent-including a grandparent, aunt, religious counselor or other trusted adult-to transport a young woman across a state line for an abortion if her own state has a parental notification or consent law that has not been met.
Though supporters of the bill claim that the passage of this bill would promote healthy family communication, it in fact does nothing to that end. Studies show that a majority of young women facing a crisis pregnancy do turn to their parents for guidance and support. However, there are instances when teens feel they cannot confide in their parents and this bill will only endanger them and the relationship with their family.
Teens' safety must come first. CCPA criminalizes caring family members who are willing to help in these situations, leaves young women with fewer options, and may force them into an even more dangerous situation.
RMC supports healthy family communication and encourages young women to turn to supportive parents and other family members when they find themselves faced with a crisis pregnancy. The government should not try to impose itself in these deeply personal family situations. It is not the government's place to regulate parent/child relationships and this bill does not consider the large number of teens from dysfunctional families who may only be able to turn to a trusted adult, other than a parent, for guidance and support.
There are also several amendments that will be heard this afternoon. RMC strongly supports the Teen Pregnancy Prevention amendment which would authorize grants to carry out projects to provide education on preventing teen pregnancies. The passage of this amendment will aide in lessening the need for abortion by providing teens with honest, age-appropriate sex education.
Please contact your Senators today and urge them to oppose the Child Custody Protection Act and support the pro-choice amendments that will be herad. We must stand up for the safety of young women and not allow the government to try to control parent/child relationships.