Charlie Melancon on Abortion

Last Updated : Sep 09, 2010

Summary

Congressman Melancon is pro-life. He has voted for and co-sponsored legislation to require parental notification before a minor can be transported across state lines for the purposes of an abortion.

 

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Voting Record

Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act

In December of 2006, the house attempted to pass the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006. The act sought to require an abortion provider who knowingly performs an abortion of a child who has reached 20 weeks or more to inform the woman of (among other things) the probable age of the child, and obtain the woman\'s signature on the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Decision Form. Despite the support of most of the Republicans and 40 Democrats, the measure failed to pass in roll call 526. Charlie Melancon voted in favor of the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act.

Charlie Melancon voted in favor of the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act.

Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006

The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006 created a set of requirements for a doctor performing an abortion. These requirements included informing the mother as to the age of the child and informing the mother that the child could experience pain during the procedure. The measure failed 250-162. Charlie Melancon voted in favor of the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006

Charlie Melancon voted in favor of the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006

Child Custody Protection Act

In September of 2006, the House passed the Child Custody Protection Act 264-153 and sent the measure back to the Senate. The CCPA was slightly different than the Senate version and did not pass the Senate. Charlie Melancon voted in favor of the Child Custody Protection Act.

Charlie Melancon voted in favor of the Child Custody Protection Act.

Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

In April of 2005, the house passed the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. The measure sought to amend the federal criminal code to prohibit transporting a minor across a state line to obtain an abortion.The measure passed the house in roll call 144, but no vote was taken in the Senate. Charlie Melancon voted in favor of the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

Charlie Melancon voted in favor of the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1063; Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits transporting a minor child across a state line to obtain an abortion. Makes an exception for an abortion necessary to safe the life of the minor. Prohibits the prosecution of the doctor if he: (1) reasonably believed that before the minor obtained the abortion, the required parental consent or notification or judicial authorization took place; or (2) was presented with documentation showing that a court waived parental notification requirements or authorized the minor's abortion.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 3442; Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

Requires an abortion provider who knowingly performs an abortion of a pain-capable unborn child (defined as 20 weeks) to first: (1) inform the woman of the probable age of the child; (2) provide to the woman an Unborn Child Pain Awareness Brochure (unless she waives receipt); (3) provide information that pain medicine administered to the mother may not prevent pain in the child, but in some cases anesthesia or pain-reducing drugs can be administered directly to the child; (4) give the woman the provider's best medical judgment of the risks and costs of such anesthesia or analgesic; and (5) obtain the woman's signature on the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Decision Form and her explicit request for or refusal of the administration of drugs to the child. Creates an exception to save the life of the mother.

Session-109; Bill Number-H R 6099; Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006 - Cosponsor

Requires an abortion provider who knowingly performs an abortion of a pain-capable unborn child (defined as 20 weeks), to first: inform the woman of the probable age of the child provide to the woman an Unborn Child Pain Awareness Brochure (unless she waives receipt) provide information that pain medicine administered to the mother may not prevent pain in the child, but in some cases anesthesia or pain-reducing drugs can be administered directly to the child give the woman the provider's best medical judgment of the risks and costs of such anesthesia or analgesic obtain the woman's signature on the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Decision Form and her explicit request for or refusal of the administration of drugs to the child Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Brochure that includes a statement that there is substantial evidence that the process of being killed in an abortion will cause the unborn child pain and that the mother has the option of having pain-reducing drugs administered directly to the child. Creates an exception for certified medical emergencies. Establishes civil penalties for willfully failing to comply with this Act.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5939; No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits: (1) the expenditure of funds authorized or appropriated by federal law or funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law for any abortion or for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion; (2) any tax benefits for amounts paid or incurred for an abortion or for a health benefits plan (including premium assistance) that includes coverage of abortion; and (3) the inclusion of abortion in any health care service furnished by a federal health care facility or by any physician or other individual employed by the federal government.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1063; Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act - Cosponsor

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit taking minors across State lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 3442; Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To ensure that women seeking an abortion are fully informed regarding the pain experienced by their unborn child.

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