|September 8, 2006|
Senate Democrats Obstruct Pro-Life Bill
Tell Senate Democrats to go to conference on the CCPA
In the last few days of July, before Congress went on August vacation, the Senate passed the Child Custody Protection Act (S. 403), sponsored by Senator John Ensign (R-NV), by a vote of 65-34 (Roll Call vote 216). This important piece of legislation makes it a federal crime for any person (other than her own parent) to transport a minor girl across state lines to obtain an abortion in violation of a parental notification or parental consent law in her home state.
Despite a strong majority vote, including 14 Democrats, Senate Democrats refuse to go to conference with the House passed bill, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (H.R. 748), which passed the House in April 2005 by a vote of 270-157. Immediately after the Senate passed the CCPA, Senate Minority Leader Richard Durbin (D-IL) objected to a routine procedural motion by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) to go to conference with the House bill.
Sen. Durbin's obstructionism was backed by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who actually voted yes on passage of the CCPA, but then allowed his deputy to object to the conference motion. The entire Democratic caucus also stands behind this move to kill the CCPA and keep it from President Bush's desk, despite the fact that it has passed the House and Senate by significant majorities.
In fact, Senate Democrats have killed the CCPA all four times it has been passed by the House since 1998! Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Minority Whip Richard Durbin, and the entire Democratic caucus should be held accountable for stalling a bill supported by nearly 80% of the American people.
Your calls are needed! Time is running short this legislative session. President Bush needs to be able to sign this bill before Congress adjourns for the election recess, starting around October 1.
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