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House Advances Abortion Bill Blocking Interstate Travel If Parents Are Not Present

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Across the country, conservatives have been pushing legislation designed to make obtaining an abortion as difficult as possible. In some cases, that means the best option for a woman seeking the procedure is to travel to a state with less restrictive regulations. If some lawmakers get their way, that could become more difficult.
Yesterday, the House of Representatives advanced the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA) out of the Judiciary Committee by a vote of 20-13. The legislation, which has 158 House co-sponsors, would impose jail sentences on doctors who perform abortions on out-of-state minors if a parent is not present. While the bill's sponsor Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) claimed the bill was designed to protect the right of parents "to be involved in their children's lives," its supporters do not appear to be concerned with protecting teenagers:

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