A bill currently before Congress is designed in part to halt a common practice of human traffickers and child molesters and at the same time protect parental rights in teen abortions.
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) has reintroduced the Child Custody Protection Act (S.1173). It would prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortions in states where parental consent or notification prior to their child’s abortion isn’t required.
The bill, says Portman, will “strengthen the effectiveness of state parental notification laws and ensure that parents and their daughters fully understand the consequences of the decision.”
Ohio Right to Life spokeswoman Katie Franklin tells OneNewsNow about one of two major considerations.
“Parents have their children’s best interests at heart, and when teens are going through this decision dealing with a lot of anxiety and a lot of pressure possibly to abort or to avoid whatever consequences might come from a pregnancy, we want to make sure that their parents are involved as much as possible,” she says.
The bill only bans interstate transportation of minors as a means to circumvent existing laws and does not interfere with current parental notification laws already in effect in some states.
Human traffickers and child molesters don't want parents involved in abortion decisions, so they take underage girls across state lines for abortions to avoid laws in the victim's home state.
“Abortionists often times use it as a way to cover up abuse or a way to cover up human trafficking, and it doesn't get rid of the real problem or the real circumstances that are surrounding the decision to abort,” Franklin says. “It just ends a human life."