What: All Issues : Family Planning : Abortion : H.R. 748. Abortion/Procedural Vote on Motion to Recommit (Amend or Kill) a Bill to Prohibit Anyone From Transporting a Minor Across State Lines to Seek an Abortion for the Purpose of Avoiding State Parental Consent or Notification Laws. (2005 house Roll Call 143)
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H.R. 748. Abortion/Procedural Vote on Motion to Recommit (Amend or Kill) a Bill to Prohibit Anyone From Transporting a Minor Across State Lines to Seek an Abortion for the Purpose of Avoiding State Parental Consent or Notification Laws.
house Roll Call 143     Apr 27, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House defeated a motion to recommit to committee with instructions H.R. 748. H.R. 748 was a bill to prohibit anyone from transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of avoiding state parental consent or notification laws to seek an abortion. (A motion to recommit with instructions is a motion to send a bill back to committee for the purpose of changing it significantly. This motion is often a minority party's last effort to try to amend or kill the legislation in question.) This motion was offered by Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and would have instructed the Judiciary Committee to add to the bill language ensuring that a father "who caused the pregnancy through rape or incest" would not have the right to sue anyone for transporting his daughter across state lines to obtain an abortion. Making the Progressive argument, Nadler stated that a father who raped his daughter should not be able to "profit from his crime." Republicans countered that any father who had raped his daughter and then tried to sue under the bill would be exposing his crime by filing the suit, and thus would be prosecuted. The House defeated Progressives and the motion to recommit by a vote of 183 to 245, with 27 Democrats crossing party lines to vote with Republicans against the motion. Thus, no specific language was added to the bill to prohibit a father who had raped his daughter from filing suit under the bill.

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