Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Senate approves abortion limit

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Tuesday to make it a crime to take a pregnant girl across state lines to obtain an abortion without her parents' knowledge, handing a long-sought victory to the Bush administration and abortion opponents. The bill would help three dozen states enforce laws that require minors to notify or obtain the consent of their parents before having an abortion. It would bar people, including clergy members and grandparents, from helping a girl travel to another state to avoid parental-involvement laws. Violations could result in a year in prison. Most states have passed such laws, but courts have invalidated at least nine of them, advocacy groups say. The Senate voted 65-34 to approve the bill, which is similar to one the House has approved before, including last year.

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