Many states have restricted abortion to one level or another. Some have parental notification laws, others have waiting periods, and still others are trying to abolish abortion all together.
The problem is that neighboring states might have different laws regarding abortion, and if it’s feasible, you could always take a trip with laws that are a less strict and get the procedure done.
In this case, the Federal Government would have to make some kind of law that says what would happen, for a state cannot enforce its laws inside of a different state. This topic was what was being discussed in the Senate late last week.
Under the bill, anyone who helps a pregnant minor cross state lines to obtain an abortion without parental knowledge could be punished by unspecified fines and up to a year in prison. The girl and her parents would not be vulnerable to criminal penalties. The measure contains an exception for those who help underage girls get such abortions to avoid life-threatening conditions.
It’s not an abortion bill, per se. It is more of an exploitation bill. It would keep people honest and obeying state laws. The Democrats argue that it could help those that are committing incest and from letting the woman be able to choose to terminate the pregnancy.
It indirectly does help the baby in the womb in that it will have more woman obeying laws that are meant to encourage life, and that is a good thing!