May 2005: Legislation

U.S. House Passes Parental Notification of Interstate Teen Abortions GA Gov Signs Informed Consent for Abortion Bill Congress May Vote Soon on Embryo-Destructive Stem Cell Research Funding…     HOUSE PASSES PARENTAL NOTIFICATION OF INTERSTATE TEEN ABORTIONS — The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (H.R. 748), sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), passed 4/05 on a bipartisan vote of 270-157. John Ensign (R-NV) introduced a similar parental notification bill in the Senate, but Democrats who oppose the measure have blocked it, much to the dismay of pro-life groups.BANNING RU-486 – Sen Demint (R-SC) & Rep Bartlett (R-MD) have reintroduced an act dubbed “Holly’s Law” to ban RU-486 from the market. Several known deaths have occurred, esp. among teens, in the USA & Europe since the abortifacient has been released. [Rt to Life Greater Cincinnati, 4/05] GA GOV SIGNS ABORTION INFORMED CONSENT BILL — Women considering an abortion will be entitled to information about its risks and alternatives thanks to legislation signed into law by Gov Sonny Perdue. The new law is the first major abortion measure in the state since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Perdue said that women deserve to have all of the information they need before deciding to have an abortion; he called the bill “a common-sense approach to a sensitive issue.” Sadie Fields of the GA Christian Coalition said the signing was a “victory for women in Georgia.” Under the information component of the bill, women thinking about an abortion would receive a brochure showing the development of the unborn child 24 hours ahead of the abortion. The brochure details medical...