Abortion-Related Measures in 109th Congress (4/05)

Senators Find Common Ground: Prenatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act CIANA: Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act Right Of Conscience for Medical Professionals Stands Life At Conception Act IL Pharmacists Sue Over ‘Must Dispense’ Order… SENATORS KENNEDY & BROWNBACK FIND COMMON GROUND: PRENATALLY DIAGNOSED CONDITIONS AWARENESS ACT, S.609 — When expectant mothers learn that they will have a child with Down Syndrome, spina bifida, cystic fibrosis, or other prenatally-diagnosed condition, there is ample evidence that many couples do not have access to the best information about these and other genetic defects, including the accuracy of the prenatal test or available help. Kennedy (D-MA) and Brownback (R-KS) have joined together to introduce S. 609, The Prenatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act, in an effort to help women (facing a positive prenatal test result) receive up-to-date, scientific information about the life expectancy, clinical course, intellectual and functional development, & prenatal/postnatal treatment options for their child, as well as a host of other information that will empower the parents to welcome their child with greater confidence. Hopefully this is a first step toward bipartisan efforts to avoid “genetic bias” and to aid women with difficult pregnancies. [Washington Update, FRC, 21Apr05] CIANA: CHILD INTERSTATE ABORTION NOTIFICATION ACT, H.R. 748 — the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on CIANA the end of April. Introduced by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the measure already has 129 cosponsors. In committee, 4 hostile amendments were rejected; the bill was voted out 20-yes, 13-no. CIANA incorporates the provisions of the Child Custody Protection Act (CCPA), which would make it a federal crime to transport a minor girl across state...