by Steven Ertelt
May 6, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A Congressional report accompanying a bill to protect parents involvement in their teen’s abortion decisions has been changed. The modification came after abortion advocates protested language in it saying they cover up cases of sexual abuse against children who have abortions.
The House of Representatives recently approved the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA) which makes it a crime for someone other than a teen’s parents to take her out of state to have a secret abortion in violation of her home state’s parental notification or consent laws.
When a bill is approved, it normally contains a noncontroversial report describing what it does and referring to Congressional testimony on the measure.
The CIANA report referred to an amendment offered by abortion advocates that it said it said "would have exempted sexual predators from prosecution under the bill if they were grandparents or adult siblings of a minor.”
The amendment, put forward by pro-abortion Rep. Jarrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, would have allowed a teen’s grandparents, other relatives or other adults to take a teen to another state for a secret abotion.
Members of a Congressionl committee voted against the amendment and said they were worried it would allow people who may have sexually abused teens to cover up their crimes with the abortion.
Jarrol and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi urged Republicans to remove the language calling it a "disgusting misrepresentation."
Rep. James Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican and House Judiciary Chairman, initially refused, but later agreed to change the language of the report.
Jarrold said on the House floor Thursday that the move represented "a tacit acknowledgment of the inaccuracy and untruthfulness of the original report.” He commended Sensenbrener for a "correction of the slanderous report language."
The revised language said pro-life lawmakers were concerned the amendment could be exploited by sexual predators but added that abortion advocates disputed that allegation.
Pro-life lawmakers pointed to investigations by attorneys general in Indiana and Kansas into abortions on young teenagers. Such teens must have been the victims of statutory rape to have become pregnant initially.
The attorneys general in both states want to prosecute the rapes, but have run into obstacles from abortion advocates who claim giving them patient information would violate the privacy of the raped teens.
Representatives of pro-life groups said the original language in the Congressional report was accurate.
"It looks like part of Representative Nadler’s agenda to open the borders to the sexually unorthodox, and Sensenbrenner rightly called him on it," Robert Knight of Concerned Women for America told Famly News in Focus.
Illinois Family Institute Executive Director Peter LaBarbera agreed.
"Whether Congressman Nadler intended it or not, the outcome of his amendment would be to protect sexual predators," he told FNIF. "For example, a grandfather, who – God forbid – raped his own granddaughter would be able to transport her across state lines to get an abortion."