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Rubio Introduces The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

Jan 15, 2019 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA). If enacted, CIANA would make it a federal crime for physicians to knowingly perform an abortion on an out of state minor without parental consent, notification, or judicial authorization. The bill also sets criminal penalties for those who violate, as well as provides exceptions when the life of a minor is endangered. CIANA would also prohibit an individual who has committed incest from knowingly bringing that minor across states lines for the purpose of an abortion.
“With the rights of parents and the safety of women at risk,” Rubio said, “Congress must take action to prevent underage abortions by giving states the federal backing necessary to enforce their parental involvement laws. Under current law, minors are subject to the exploitation and safety risks that often come from an overzealous interstate abortion industry.”
Joining Senator Rubio in introducing this legislation are Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Jim Risch (R-ID), Josh Hawley (R-MO), James Inhofe (R-OK), James Lankford (R-OK), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA).