What: All Issues : Family Planning : Abortion : HR 476. Transporting Minors for Abortions/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Criminalize the Transport of Minors Across State Lines to Obtain an Abortion.
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HR 476. Transporting Minors for Abortions/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Criminalize the Transport of Minors Across State Lines to Obtain an Abortion.
house Roll Call 96     Apr 17, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Many states had laws on the books requiring minors to obtain parental consent before receiving and abortion. To prevent girls from crossing state lines to evade these laws, Republicans proposed a bill that made it a federal crime to transport a minor for that purpose. Though the law exempted the minor from prosecution, it threatened the transporter with up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Progressives argued that this bill would encourage unsafe, back-alley abortions. Furthermore, they argued that in the case of incest it might actually require a girl to seek permission for an abortion from the person who raped her. In an attempt to ease the bill's restrictions, Jackson-Lee (D-TX) moved to recommit (send back) the bill to its committee with instructions to add an exemption for a minor's adult siblings, grandparents, or religious leaders. Progressives voted for this motion, but it was rejected 173-246.

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