What: All Issues : Family Planning : Abortion : HR 476. Transporting Minors for Abortions/Final Passage of 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/Final Passage of a Bill to Criminalize the Transport of Minors Across State Lines to Obtain an Abortion.
house Roll Call 97     Apr 17, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
Winning Side:
Conservative

Many states passed laws requiring minors to obtain parental consent before receiving an abortion. To support these laws, Republicans proposed a bill that made it a federal crime to transport a minor across state lines for an abortion if the intent is to evade a parental consent law. The minor herself was exempt from prosecution under this law, but the transporter would face up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Republicans resisted exemptions for family members, clergy members, and cab drivers by forbidding amendments to the bill. Progressives opposed the bill, arguing it was likely to encourage unsafe, back-alley abortions, and that in the case of incest it might require the girl to ask permission from the person who raped her. Though Progressives voted "no," the bill passed 260-161.

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