Arkansas’ Lincoln Twists Abortion Bill to Attack Senate Candidate Boozman

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 10, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Arkansas’ Lincoln Twists Abortion Bill to Attack Senate Candidate Boozman

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 10
, 2010

Little Rock, AR ( — Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln looked desperate in a debate on Friday afternoon in which she made the accusation that her pro-life challenge Rep. John Boozman somehow supports the rights of rapists to sue abortion practitioners. She twisted the intent of a bill to protect parental rights to do so.

During the debate, each candidate had a chance to pose questions to the other.

"Congressman, you have voted to protect the rights of fathers who committed rape or incest against a minor that resulted in a pregnancy, to be able to sue the doctor who performed an abortion on that victim. Do you believe that the majority of Arkansans agree with your stance that the rights of rapists take priority of the rights of women who they have assaulted?" Lincoln asked.

"I really don’t know what you’re talking about," Boozman said in response.

He emphasized he has a 100 percent pro-life voting record and is concerned about the rights of both parents and women because he is the father of three daughters.

Boozman shot back and asked Lincoln what bill she was referring to her in her question and Lincoln was unable to provide a name or number for the bill.

"It would be nice if you are going to make accusations, if you bring it," Boozman, who leads by a large double-digit margin in the race, said.

The bill in question is from 2005 and is a pro-life measure Boozman supported called the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act that the House of Representatives passed three times by an overwhelming bipartisan majority.

The legislation upholds the ability of parents to protect their teenage daughters form being taken out of state for a secret abortion.

The measure, introduced by pro-life Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, a Florida Republican, makes it a crime to transport a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion to evade parental consent law or parental notification law in the teen’s home state.

"Over 30 states currently have laws in effect that require the consent or notification of at least one parent, or court authorization before a minor can obtain an abortion," Ros-Lehtinen said in a letter to her colleagues that obtained at the time.

"This bill will not create a mandate, but will simply enforce state laws that are designed to protect our daughters from potential harm," she added. The bill will "help ensure the safety of our nation’s young girls and protect the inherent rights of parents."

CIANA also requires that, in a state without a parental notification requirement, abortion practitioners notify a parent when a teenager comes out of state for an abortion.

Patrick Creamer, the Boozman campaign’s communications director, told Politics Daily that the bill was needed in cases where someone takes a teen girl across state lines for an abortion "if this is done to evade a parental notification or parental consent law that is in effect in the girl’s home state."

The Lincoln campaign shot back that Boozman voted against sending the bill back to committee to ensure fathers who rape daughters can’t be allowed to sue the abortion practitioner for doing the abortion.

Creamer told Politics Daily that was a specious argument merely to kill the bill.

"HR748 explicitly provided exceptions for cases where minors were the subject of sexual abuse or other physical abuse by a parent," said Creamer. "Representative Jerry Nadler, a pro-abortion advocate in Congress, utilized a procedural tactic, on this same legislation, designed explicitly to delay and kill the bill. John Boozman opposed this maneuver that would have killed sound, pro-life legislation. Blanche Lincoln’s efforts to paint Congressman Boozman as an advocate for ‘rapists rights’ are preposterous and shameful."

The question from Lincoln is ironic, because she asked Boozman’s brother, the late Fay Boozman, the same question in a debate and his answer hurt him in the election that year.


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