H.R. 803 The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act
The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA) would institute two
important reforms to prevent a pregnant girl from being taken across state
lines for an abortion without her parent’s knowledge.
First, the bill would prohibit anyone from taking a pregnant girl to another
state for an abortion with the intent to evade a parental notification or
consent law in the girl’s home state.
Currently, a minor girl who is impregnated by an adult abuser can be taken
to a state where there is no parental notification or consent requirement
and forced by that abuser to have a secret abortion. Her parents will never
know what happened to their daughter and the abuser can continue his
criminal acts, secure in the knowledge that the evidence of his conduct has
been destroyed. CIANA would be a powerful tool in fighting sex trafficking,
where a trafficker now can depend on the secrecy of the abortion industry to
facilitate his enslavement of young girls who become pregnant.
Second, S. 404 would require an abortionist to notify a parent of a minor
from another state before taking the life of that minor’s child. This
protection of parents’ rights would apply regardless of whether or not the
abortionist’s state requires parental notification prior to an abortion.
CIANA has been introduced in Congress for the last ten years and has enjoyed
bipartisan support, but has never been enacted into law.
CIANA has also been introduced in the House of Representatives where its
number is H.R. 803.
The text of S. 404 will be available online at
S. 404 was introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (FL). A list of the bill’s
co-sponsors may be found at
2-5-15 S. 404 Introduced in U.S. Senate
2-5-15 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary