The pro-life effort to promote Senate passage of an unamended version of the Child Custody Protection Act is founded on a very false, misleading premise: that a grandparent should have the opportunity to discuss whether he wants his daughter to cross state lines in order to abort his grandchild.
Since when is such a proposition an advance in pro-life tactics and strategy?
In addition, there's the matter of compromises written into the bill itself. For example:
(2) DEFINITION-For the purposes of this subsection, an abridgement of the right of a parent occurs if an abortion is performed on the minor, in a State other than the State where the minor resides, without the parental consent or notification, or the judicial authorization, that would have been required by that law had the abortion been performed in the state where the minor resides.
Further, the bill permits an abortion "if the abortion was necessary to save the life of the minor because her life was endangered by a physical disorder, physical injury or physical illness, including a life endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself."
Such verbal gymnastics -- performed on the balance beam created by a legal system that condones the direct murder of any preborn child for any reason whatsoever -- should give us pause to ask: since when have we abandoned our struggle for personhood and deferred to the law and what it allows?
If you wish to read the entire bill, please go to the Congressional web site and search S. 396.