Fighting for Florida

The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

As I have done each year since I have been in the United States Senate, today I filed the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), which works to prevent abortions by minors by giving states the ability to enforce their parental notification and consent laws. These laws give our nation’s daughters a chance to receive important advice and guidance before undergoing a serious procedure for which they may not be emotionally or medically prepared.

While abortion remains a divisive issue, most Americans support this focused legislation: More than 75% of Americans believe that parents should be involved before their child gets an abortion, as most states already require. And more than 80% of Americans believe that an individual should not be able to take a minor across state lines for an abortion without her parents’ knowledge.

CIANA addresses these concerns by putting into law what already unites the vast majority of Americans: when children face a life-changing event such as unexpected pregnancy, their parents should be involved.