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Vol. 33, No. 10

Eight Senate Democrats Flip, Kill Parental Notification Bill

WASHINGTON—On the last day of the regular congressional session, a bill (S. 403) to require notification of one parent before a minor obtains an out-of-state abortion died when Senate Democrats voted overwhelmingly to block it.

Hours before Congress adjourned for pre-election campaigning on September 29, 57 senators voted to remove the final procedural obstacle to S. 403 and send it to President Bush for his signature.










NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson speaks at a September 26 press conference in support of parental notification legislation, outside the U.S. Capitol.  Other participants shown (left to right):  Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Oh.); Marcia Carroll and Joyce Farley, whose daughters were secretly taken across state lines for abortions;  Maureen Wiebe of the American Association of Christian Schools; Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List; and Barrett Duke of the Southern Baptist Convention.

But 57 was three votes short of the 60 required under Senate rules to break through a procedural roadblock erected by the Senate Democratic leadership, which had been obstructing the progress of the legislation for months. (See August NRL News, page 1.)

Over half of the states have laws in effect that generally require notification to, or consent of, one or both parents (or authorization by a judge) before an abortion can be performed on a minor daughter. But such laws are often circumvented when minors travel to neighboring states that lack such laws. Many abortion clinics in non-notification states advertise across state lines in Yellow Pages, using avoidance of parental notification as a selling point.

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Rallying Latino Voters in 2006
BY Raimundo Rojas

At the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston, Massachusetts, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who is a Hispanic, said, “If he [President Bush] gets 40 percent of the Hispanic vote, we’ve lost the race.” He proved prophetic.

A couple of months later, on November 2, President Bush received as much as 45% of the Hispanic vote and went on to beat the radically pro-abortion team of Senators John Kerry and John Edwards. It was the highest percentage of the Hispanic vote a Republican running for President had received in a very long time.

That was no accident. Hispanics are naturally pro-life and the President’s embrace of the culture of life resonated with them. In fact with one exception, pro-life Republicans have done very well in the Hispanic community.

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Vol. 33, No. 10


Planned Parenthood Action Fund Working to Elect Pro-Abortion Candidates in Fall Elections
BY Randall K. O'Bannon, Ph.D.

Building on its aggressive efforts in the 2004 election cycle, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund is again busy trying to elect sympathetic House and Senate candidates in Ohio, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, and Michigan, according to federal election reports. If the group’s report from the last election is any guide, money will only be the beginning.

In 2004, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the political action committees of several of its affiliates spent over $3 million to try to elect John Kerry and other pro-abortion candidates to office in 2004, recent reports from reveal.

While expressing disappointment that it lost so many races, the group says that the 2004 effort was “only the beginning,” promising that “In coming years the Action Fund will work with even greater determination to support and elect pro-choice candidates across the political spectrum and continue to play an important role in electoral politics throughout the United States” (Planned Parenthood Action Fund, 2004 Election Report).

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