Sen. Rubio’s new bill closes loophole allowing abortionists to be complicit in covering up child rape
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 26, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Sen. Marco Rubio proposed a bill in the U.S. Senate this week that aims to stop abortionists from committing abortion on minors without their parents’ knowledge.
The bill closes a legal loophole in state and federal laws that allows abortionists to circumvent parental notification laws when a minor comes from out of state.
Leaving parents “completely in the dark” like this “violates a parent’s right to know, and makes it easier for criminals to cover up rape,” Rubio, R-FL, said in a statement.
“This will help protect young girls from harm and empower them to make safe, informed decisions with their parents,” he said.
The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), which has never successfully become law, currently proposes a prison term of up to a year for a doctor who performs an abortion on an out-of-state minor that is not accompanied by a parent. However, the Act does provide an exception for an abortion necessary to save the life of the minor.
In his statement, the former presidential candidate also praised the annual March for Life that takes place Friday in Washington, D.C.
“I believe there is no human right more fundamental and more sacred than the right to life, and that every single human being is entitled to the protection of our laws,” he said.
“Every year scores of men and women visit our National Mall to peacefully march for the rights of people who cannot yet march or speak for themselves, countless babies who have yet to be born. Sadly, since the Supreme Court’s erroneous decision in 1973, the lives of roughly 60 million babies have been terminated, denying them the right to life.”
“This is an atrocity, and I pray with those gathering in Washington this week that it ends soon.”
Rubio has also joined with colleagues to introduce the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act this week. The legislation would provide for the medical care and protection of newborns who survive abortions and would otherwise normally be left in shocking circumstances to die alone.
Sen Rubio’s comments come after President Trump strongly criticized the mainstream media’s negligence in covering the March compared with other events such as the Women’s March on Washington.
“The [Womens’s March] crowds were large, but you’re going to have a large crowd on Friday, too, which is mostly pro-life people. You’re going to have a lot of people coming on Friday,” he told ABC’s David Muir.
Muir asked Trump if he could hear the crowds during the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday from the White House.
“No, I couldn’t hear them,” Trump said.
“The crowds were large, but you’re going to have a large crowd on Friday, too, which is mostly pro-life people. You’re going to have a lot of people coming on Friday.”
“And I will say this, and I didn’t realize this, but I was told you will have a very large crowd of people — I don’t know as large or larger, some people said it will be larger — pro-life people, and they say the press doesn’t cover them,” Trump added.
Muir objected to Trump’s comparison of the crowd sizes to which Trump aptly replied that the press is flat out refusing to cover the March.
Since the interview’s airing on Wednesday, the March for Life has ended up trending on both Twitter and Facebook.
Trump enthused again about the March on Thursday when he addressed Republican congressmen during a retreat in Philadelphia.
“On Friday, a lot of people are gonna be showing up to Washington, right, Mike?” Trump said to Vice President Mike Pence, who will host a March for Life welcome reception later Thursday and is expected to speak at its march on Friday. “A lot of people.”
“The press never gives them the credit that they deserve,” Trump claimed. “They’ll have 300, 400, 500, 600,000 people. You won’t even read about it.”
He emphatically declared that the media’s failure to cover the event was “unfair.”
Caleb Stephen is a widely-published Christian freelance journalist, columnist and social commentator based in Australia. He is also the founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Caleb Report. Visit his website www.calebstephen.com and follow him on Twitter @CalebSOfficial.