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House Committee Passes "Arrest Grandma" Act

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While eyes were turned on the Supreme Court today, another front in the War on Women was being waged across the street.

The anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives moved one step closer to passing yet another anti-choice attack.

The House Judiciary Committee today voted on the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), a.k.a. the "Arrest Grandma" Act.

This is the bill that would make it a federal crime for anyone other than a parent--say, a loving grandmother or clergy member--to accompany a young woman out of state for abortion care. It also would force doctors to impose a parental-notice requirement on young women from out of state--under the threat of fines and prison sentences.

Our pro-choice champions on the committee offered a total of 15 amendments, all to mitigate the dangers this bill poses to young women who can't turn to their parents in a time of crisis.

The committee rejected all of these proposed amendments.

  • It rejected amendments granting exemptions from the law for grandparents, clergy, and other trusted adults.
  • It rejected exceptions for survivors of rape or incest.
  • It rejected exceptions for health. The "Arrest Grandma" Act contains no exceptions for cases when a woman's health is in danger.

Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), and Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) all spoke out about the dangers this bill would pose to young women in desperate situations.

Yet, anti-choice politicians keep on pushing attacks on women's health.

From trying to overturn the health-reform law and its promise of no-cost birth control at the Supreme Court to pushing a slew of anti-choice attacks in the House, these politicians have shown that waging a War on Women truly is one of their highest priorities.

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