Child Custody Protection Act


The measure was reintroduced in the House (H.R. 476). Hearings were held September 6. Markup is pending in the full House Judiciary Committee.

Background: This legislation makes it a federal crime to transport a minor girl across state lines to obtain an abortion with the intent of circumventing the parental involvement law of the girl’s home state. The prohibition does not apply when the abortion is necessary to save the minor’s life.  In the 105th and 106th Congresses this legislation passed the House but was stalled in the Senate.

House: On February 6, 2001, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) reintroduced the Child Custody Protection Act (H.R. 476). The bill has 91 cosponsors. The measure was referred to the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution. On September 6, 2001, subcommittee hearings were held, chaired by Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH). Markup of H.R. 476 is pending in the full Judiciary Committee.

Status: H.R. 476 carries over into the 2002 session.