Letter to Rubio, Hatch, Ros-Lehtinen re: Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

By Staff
Feb 14, 2013

Dr. Richard Land sent the below letter Feb. 14 to Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) thanking them for introducing the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, which would both establish a ban on knowingly taking a minor across state lines with the intent of obtaining an abortion when such an action evades parental involvement laws in the minor’s home state and require those who perform the abortion on out-of-state minors to notify a parent of the minor at least 24 hours before the abortion will take place.

Download this letter to Senators Rubio and Hatch here and to Rep. Ros-Lehtinen here.

Dear Senators Rubio and Hatch:

Thank you for introducing the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA). This important bill would help to protect the health and safety of young girls and allow parents to continue to play a vital role in the lives of their daughters.

As you know, this legislation would do two things. First, it would establish a ban on transporting a minor across state lines with the intent of obtaining an abortion when such an action evades parental involvement laws in the minor’s home state. Second, physicians who perform an abortion on an out-of-state minor would be required to notify a parent of the minor at least 24 hours before the abortion will take place.

The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission strongly supports this legislation. We find it unconscionable that minors are allowed to evade their home state’s parental involvement laws. Further, we are greatly alarmed that in many cases parents, who are responsible for protecting and providing for their children, are not even notified that their underage daughter will undergo an abortion by an out-of-state abortion provider. Remarkably, in many school districts, nurses must first obtain parental consent before dispensing an aspirin to a young girl, yet that same young girl could obtain an abortion without parental knowledge. By requiring parental notification for out-of-state minors seeking an abortion and banning the evasion of state parental involvement laws, common sense is brought back into the policy arena.

Again, thank you for working to protect the health of young girls and safeguarding the important role of families in society. Please let us know if we can further help to ensure the wide support and swift passage of CIANA.

Sincerely,

Richard D. Land

Download this letter to Senators Rubio and Hatch here and to Rep. Ros-Lehtinen here.

Further Learning

Learn more about: Life, Abortion, Citizenship, Legislation,

You May Also Like

Letter to McKeon: Religious Liberty Protections for Military

By Richard Land - Apr 16, 2012

The Honorable Howard P. McKeon
Chairman, House Armed Services Committee
2120 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairman McKeon:

We write to thank you for your leadership in defending the rights of conscience and religious freedom, as well as the enforcement of the Defense of Marriage Act, in our military.…

Read More

Moore says suspension of Robertson ‘ridiculous,’ calls for ‘cultural conversation,’ not intimidation

Dec 18, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Elizabeth Bristow, 615-782-8409
or Dan Darling, 615-782-8413
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—During a recent interview on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront, Russell D. Moore, addressed the criticism that Phil Robertson, star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, is receiving for his comments on homosexuality in a recent article for GQ magazine.

“Suggesting that people who hold to what every branch of the Christian faith has held to for 2,000 years is somehow bigoted or hateful is not productive for speech,” said Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, on CNN.

In response to the controversy, A&E announced that it has put Robertson “on hiatus,” an action that Russell D. Moore calls “ridiculous.”

“Silencing views one doesn’t agree with, rather than engaging them, is hardly open-minded,” Moore said on Twitter tonight.

Moore expounded his position on his blog, Moore to the Point.

“Admittedly, A&E didn’t hire Robertson to be Charlie Rose or George Will. They hired him to be comedic and sometimes shockingly homespun. Now, I thought his reported anatomical comparisons were ill-advised and crude. But that doesn’t seem to be where the controversy lies.

“The comments that seem most offensive to people are his moral assessments of sex outside of conjugal marriage, which were more or less just a recitation of the Apostle Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 6. As Christians, we believe that Jesus is lord over sexuality, and he says that sexuality is expressed rightly only in the marriage of a man and a woman. That’s not new. We also think we’re all sinners, and that God calls us all to repentance. That’s not new either.

“We’re a divided country on sexual issues. That’s why every news cycle brings more controversy. Why not engage one another, and have the debates in a civil fashion, without attempting to silence one another. I don’t agree with David Letterman’s views on divorce and cohabitation, but I don’t want him suspended for voicing them. I’ll bet I don’t agree with MTV’s Nev Schulman of the popular Catfish show on sexual ethics, but it wouldn’t put me in the fetal position under the table to hear him voice them.

“Let’s have the sort of cultural conversation that allows us to seek to persuade each other, not to seek to silence one another with intimidation. That’s what real diversity is all about.”

The full text of Moore’s blog can be found at russellmoore.com.

The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest non-Catholic denomination with more than 15.8 million members in over 46,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBC’s ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn. and Washington, D.C.

- END

To request an interview with Russell D. Moore
contact Elizabeth Bristow at (615) 782-8409
or Daniel Darling at (615) 782-8413,
or by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Visit our Web site at http://www.erlc.com.
Follow us on Twitter at @ERLCPressRoom.

Read More

VIDEO: Navigating society without fear

By various - Feb 24, 2014

With cultural indicators sliding and the influence of the Church eroding in Washington, how can people of faith navigate society in a way that will build bridges toward the gospel without compromising biblical truth?…

Read More
Thursday, February 14 Lawmakers introduce parental notification bill on abortion