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Child Custody Protection Act According to Congressman Stupak
I am firmly committed to the belief that life begins at conception and I will continue to vote consistent with my Pro-Life beliefs.
I am a proud co-sponsor of this legislation and similar legislation, which the House passed in 1998, 1999, and 2002. However, because the Senate failed to pass this legislation in each of these years, it did not become law. Under the provisions of the proposed Act, it would be a violation of federal law to transport a minor girl across state lines for the purpose of procuring an abortion, if this is done to evade parental notification or parental consent law that is in effect in the girl's home state.
HR 748 contains additional provisions that require that in those states without a parental notification requirement, before an abortion provider may perform an abortion on a minor girl who is the resident of a different state, that provider must notify a parent -- unless the minor has already received authorization from a judge in her home state ("judicial bypass"), or unless she falls into carefully drafted exceptions to cover cases of abuse or medical emergencies. The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on this legislation earlier this year, however, the Committee has not approved the legislation for a vote on the House floor.
I believe Congress needs to enact this legislation to ensure that minor girls are protected from exploitation, and that parents' rights are protected, when a minor is taken across state lines for an abortion.
The courts use the best interests of the child when determining custody.
Some factors that may determine custody of a child include the childs age, sex, and mental and physical health; the parent's mental and physical health; the parent's lifestyle and social factors; the parent's ability to provide for the child; the child's preference (if the child is above a certain age), and the child's established living pattern (school, home, religious institution, etc.).
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