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by Michele Shackelford, staff writer
Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said: “No parent wants anyone to take their children across state lines or even across the street without permission.” He also stated that the new law upholds, “a fundamental right, and the Congress is right to uphold it.”

President Bush stated his support and urged the Senate and House to resolve minor differences and send him the bill to sign. Bush said: “Transporting minors across state lines to bypass parental consent laws regarding abortion undermines state law and jeopardizes the lives of young women (sic.).”

Opponents argue that the bill promotes government denial of women’s right to control their own bodies. Democrats attempted to insert a clause exempting teenagers whose pregnancy was the result of rape by a parent. The exemption was rejected by the Republican majority, leaving rape and incest victims without recourse.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) indicated that the government is focused more on taking away women’s choices than on important political issues such as the war on Iraq. He said, bluntly: “Congress ought to have higher priorities than turning grandparents into criminals.”
 
 

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