Grey Thoughts
29.4.05
 
Life - Abortion laws tightening in US
Lifesite News links to a New York Times article on a new law in the US making it illegal to take a child interstate for the purpose circumventing parental notification laws in having an abortion.

Here is the actual legislation that was passed. It is important to note the text used
xcept as provided in subsection (b), whoever knowingly transports a minor across a State line, with the intent that such minor obtain an abortion, and thereby in fact abridges the right of a parent under a law requiring parental involvement in a minor's abortion decision, in force in the State where the minor resides, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.


Essentially, if a state makes parental notification mandatory, OR a state makes it the decision of the parent, this law would make it illegal to take the minor to a different state.

The law is narrow, in that if Roe vs Wade was over-turned, and many states had pro-life legislation enacted, then this law would not make it illegal for an adult woman to cross state lines to get an abortion.
Comments:
The Judiciary will find a way to overturn this law using the "undue burden" clause from their previous rulings on abortion laws.

In other words, this law, passed by the legislature, will violate another law, established by the judges themselves. The judges will win everytime.
 
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