What is S. 403, the Child Custody Protection Act? It is a bill that would make it a federal offense to transport a minor girl across state borders to have an abortion in a state that doesn't require parental consent. This is a good thing!
However, there are two amendments being considered for the bill which are not good. The first is being proposed by Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and would allow a minor girl to be transported across state lines for an abortion without parental knowledge or consent as long as she were taken by a "grandparent" or a "member of the clergy." There are several ways to get around this, one of which is to obtain a free clergy ordination on-line, courtesy of Universal Life Church, in five minutes or less.
The second amendment is being proposed by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and would allow a minor girl to be transported across state lines for an abortion without her parent's knowledge or consent if her abortion is "a result of a pregnancy caused by an act of incest." This means that, if a girl's family member has raped her, that family member could take her to a different state to have an abortion without her parents' knowledge or consent and not be prosecuted for it.
Read more about the bill and amendments at National Right to Life.
What can be done? Contact your senators today and tell them to support S. 403 and to oppose the Feinstein and Boxer amendments. They vote on this bill tomorrow, so you don't have much time.
Our senators in Washington are Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, neither of which support S. 403. Contact them in one of the following ways:
Phone in D.C.: 202-224-3441
Phone in Washington: 206-220-6400
Phone in D.C.: 202-224-2621
Phone in Washington: 206-553-0891
Thank you for taking the time and effort to contact our Senators!
(If you're not a Washington State resident and would like to contact your senators, you can find their names and contact information by going to the National Right to Life website and entering your zip code in the search engine.)