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Capitol Health Call
June 8, 2005

House Restricts Abortion

JAMA. 2005;293(22):2709. doi:10.1001/jama.293.22.2709-c

A bill restricting abortion access for minors was passed by the House of Representatives, 270 to 157, on April 27.

The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act makes it a federal crime for any adult to transport a minor across a state line for an abortion without parental consent. The bill also requires a 24-hour waiting period for any minor who has traveled to another state for an abortion, even if she is accompanied by a parent. Under the proposed law, physicians performing abortions on minors would be required to comply with state notifications laws. Violators of the law face fines of up to $100 000 and up to a year in prison. (Information about the bill, HR 748, is available at

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