Florida Senator Marco Rubio introduced a bill this week that would make it a federal crime for a doctor to knowingly perform an abortion on an out-of-state minor without any parental consent. It’s a topic that’s long been contentious in politics, but it’s a topic that the sunshine state is quickly looking to address.
The “Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act,” would ensure “for physicians to knowingly perform an abortion on an out of state minor without parental consent, notification or judicial authorization.” The bill also “sets criminal penalties for those who violate, as well as provides exceptions when the life of a minor is endangered.” In addition, it would “also prohibit an individual who has committed incest from knowingly bringing that minor across states lines for the purpose of an abortion.”
Speaking on the importance of the bill, Senator Rubio explained that “with the rights of the parents and the safety of women at risk, Congress must take action to prevent underage abortions by giving states the federal backing necessary to enforce their parental involvement laws. Under current law, minors are subject to the exploitation and safety risks that often come from an overzealous interstate abortion industry.”
Last week, Senator Rubio also cosponsored a bill from Senator Roger Wicker, who’s bill “would establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion.” This would oppose the Hyde Amendment, which calls for it to be renewed on an annual basis.
Speaking on the matter, Wicker added that the measure is important because “millions of Americans oppose the use of federal dollars to support abortion.”
Wicker added, “As thousands gather in our nation’s capital this week to March for Life, it is well-past time Congress passed a comprehensive solution to the patchwork of regulations prohibiting federal funding for abortion services. Our legislation would create a permanent, government-wide prohibition on abortion funding so that not one taxpayer dollar goes toward the destruction of innocent human life.”