July 20th, 2006

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Feminists Urge Senate to Pass Child Custody Protection Act

Feminists for Life applauds the U.S. Senate for considering the Child Custody Protection Act, and encourages its ultimate passage. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., (R-TN) announced July 19, 2006, that the bill will be given time on the U.S. Senate floor this week.

If passed, the Child Custody Protection Act would prohibit taking a minor across state lines for an abortion in order to circumvent state laws requiring parental notification.

“It is all too common for sex predators to seek vulnerable young girls—and when a pregnancy results, abortion has been used to cover up their crime,” said FFL President Serrin M. Foster. “Without the input of a custodial adult, teens risk their health. Will a sex predator ensure she takes her antibiotic as directed after surgery?

“Teenage boyfriends are typically no more helpful,” said Foster. “Do we really believe that he will take her take her promptly to the hospital if she hemorrhages? What if she becomes septic?”

Fifteen year-old Tamia Russell died in 2004 as a result of an abortion performed in the sixth month of her pregnancy. The sister of Russell’s 24 year-old boyfriend drove her to obtain the abortion, for which her boyfriend paid. Russell’s mother was not informed before the procedure, and misinformation from the clinic led to Russell’s death from sepsis.

‘“How many teenagers have to die before we protect them and give them the resources and support they need?” Foster asked. “Teenage girls who are too afraid to tell their parents will put their health on the line when they experience complications from an abortion—and those who prey on teens know it.”

Dr. Bruce Lucero, a pro-choice advocate who performed more than 45,000 abortions, lobbied alongside Foster in support of the bill when CCPA was first introduced. “[I]n most cases,” he wrote to the New York Times in 1998, “a parent’s input is the best guarantee that a teen-ager will make a decision that is correct for her…. And it helps guarantee that if a teen-ager chooses an abortion, she will receive appropriate medical care.” Teenagers seeking abortions out of state, Lucero noted, often delay until the procedure is more expensive and riskier, and they are less likely to return to clinics for follow-up care or tell their parents they are suffering complications.

“The best interest of girls and the rights of parents are not at odds here,” Foster said. “That’s why the majority of Americans favor laws supporting parental notification, and laws prohibiting the transportation of minors across state lines by those who wish to usurp the law. The health and safety of girls across the land is at stake here,” she added. “We need the Senate to pass the Child Custody Protection Act.”
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"Cinema Paradiso" hosts the 3rd Annual French Film Festival

"Cinema Paradiso" was a Cannes Film Festival favorite
from 1989. Director/Writer Giuseppe Tornatore created
a film that celebrated movies and its effects on a
community. The narrative features a young man and his
relationship with a movie theater projectionist who
becomes his mentor. This sweet movie is a memory
piece that manages to be sentimental without being
maudlin. It is this feeling that the Fort Lauderdale
Cinema Paradiso in South Florida has sought to create.

Located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Cinema Paradiso
is an art house movie theater that presents films from
around the world. A former church, Cinema Paradiso has
been refurbished with comfortable and plush stadium
seating in South Florida along with a full bar, lobby
and courtyard tables.

Each week Cinema Paradiso presents the latest in
independent films, extreme sport films, anime, local
films and other specialty presentations. In many
cases, many of the films presented at the theater will
be the only South Florida screening. Among these
screenings included is Jose Prendes cult classic,
"Corpses are Forever," a pulpy zombie spy flick
featuring an all star "B" movie lineup and a loyal
Florida production crew. When King Tut visited South
Florida, Cinema Paradiso presented the original The
Mummy.“ With ”Clerks II“ opening soon, Cinema
Paradiso plans a screening this evening of the
original “Clerks” with action figures being donated by
Tates Comics.

Besides hosting many films for the Fort Lauderdale
International Film Festival, Cinema Paradiso will be
hosting the 3RD Annual Perrier French Film Festival
from July 21 to 30. Sponsored by Perrier water, this
festival opens with "A Moustache", an award winning
film from the 2005 Cannes film festival.

With the lost simplicity of an old Francois Truffant
movie, "A Moustache" features a leading man who
spontaneously shaves off his moustache and he enters
into some sort of domestic twilight zone. The man's
wife and friends deny that he never had a moustache to
begin with.

The French Film Festival concludes with "Read my
Lips," Another French film with English sub-titles.
This domestic drama features Carla, a long term
company employee who suffers from a hearing
deficiency. Carla must train Paul, a new employee.
Ten years younger than Carla, Paul has lived an
adventuresome life in prison. Opposites attract.

Given Italy's victory over France in the World Cup,
perhaps it is now time for Cinema Paradiso to honor
it's namesake with an Italian Film Festival. The
Venice Film Festival is next month and perhaps Cinema
Paradiso can pick a few films from that festival.
Perhaps they can use a little assistance from a local
film columnist for local cinema tutto bene!