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PRESS STATEMENT: Senate Action Compromises the Health & Safety of Young Women

Dr. Beth Jordan, Medical Director
Wayne C. Shields, President and CEO
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP)

For Immediate Release
July 26,  2006

Ann McCall
(202) 466-3825

The members, board, and staff of ARHP are deeply disturbed by the Senate’s passage of the so-called “Child Custody Protection Act” (CCPA). This act would make it a federal crime for any one other than a parent to accompany a minor across state lines for abortion care if her home state's parental-involvement laws have not already been satisfied. Family members such as an aunt, grandparent, or older sibling, as well as trusted clergy members and family friends would be prevented from supporting a young woman when a parent is not an option.

We encourage families to have open, honest dialogue about reproductive health issues, including sexuality, relationships, protection from sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS, and abortion. In the vast majority of cases, young women involve their parents in decisions about terminating a pregnancy. But an unfortunate number of young women live in dysfunctional home environments, are homeless, or fear condemnation from their parents. Legislation such as the CCPA Act endangers teens who cannot go to their parents by preventing them from receiving the help they need from family, friends, and trusted counselors. As a result, these teens may delay seeking appropriate care, or worse, pursue dangerous alternatives such as unsafe, illegal abortions.

ARHP encourages the government to help prevent teen pregnancy rather than compromise the health and safety of young women.


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