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House Doubles Down on Attacking Choice with "Arrest Grandma" Act

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From all-male panels attacking birth control to mandatory ultrasounds, anti-choice politicians have spent the last month taking their War on Women straight through the absurd-o-sphere. Along the way, they've become a national laughingstock on the Internet and late-night comedy shows.

You'd think these guys would know when to stop digging.


This week, anti-choice politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives will hold yet another hearing on a choice-related issue. This time, it's on a bill called the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), a.k.a. the "Arrest Grandma" Act.

This bill 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.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, spelled out how extreme the "Arrest Grandma" Act is:

We believe that loving parents should be involved when their daughter faces an unintended pregnancy and thankfully, most do. But in some tragic circumstances, young women cannot involve their parents because they come from homes where physical and emotional abuse are present or their pregnancies are the result of incest.

Under this bill, a grandmother could be prosecuted for accompanying her granddaughter to a doctor in another state --even if that doctor is closest to the young woman's home. Ministers helping a young woman in their congregation would face similar threats. This bill is not a solution; it is a callous example of government intrusion into tragic family circumstances.

So there you have it: instead of focusing on the nation's real priorities--creating jobs or growing our economy, for instance--anti-choice politicians follow up a month of outlandish attacks on women's health with a bill that could throw grandmothers in prison.

Keep digging, guys. Keep digging.

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