“Pro-Choice” Group Opposes Bill to Ban Sex-Selection Abortion
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 5/29/12 5:55 PM
One of the leading “pro-choice” groups is actively opposing a bill Congress will consider tomorrow that would ban sex-selection abortions in the United States. Apparently choice extends to choosing whether or not to kill your baby when she is the wrong gender.
The House will consider the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, a bill to ban sex-selection abortions, that was introduced by pro-life Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on February 16. Because H.R. 3541 will be considered on the Suspension Calendar, a two-thirds majority will be necessary for passage.
On the same day a new video exposes how Planned Parenthood encourages women to have sex-selection abortions, the “pro-choice” group NARAL sent an urgent legislative alert telling its members to contact members of the House to vote against the bill.
“In less than 24 hours, the U.S. House of Representatives is going to vote on one of the most deceptive bills I’ve ever seen,” says Nancy Keenan, NARAL’s president, in the alert LifeNews obtained. “Anti-choice zealots in Congress – led by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) – are exploiting the very important issues of sex discrimination and gender inequity to pass an extreme bill that attacks a woman’s right to choose.”
“There is no question that it’s wrong for a woman to be pressured to have a child of a particular sex. Sex-selection abortion is a real problem – and it needs to be addressed,” she claims — and then instructs her members to tell Congress to vote no on the bill anyway. “The House is set to vote on an anti-choice bill tomorrow. Learn more and urge your lawmaker to vote no.”
It’s wrong for a woman to be “pressured” to have a sex-selection abortion. NARAL says nothing of whether sex-selection abortions are categorically wrong when women “choose” them.
Why does NARAL oppose the legislation? Because it holds abortion practitioners accountable for performing sex-selection abortions not reporting on physicians who do them.
“The bill could subject a doctor to five years in prison for failing to determine if sex is a factor in a woman’s decision to choose abortion or threaten any medical professional who does not report even a suspected case of sex-selection abortion with a one-year prison sentence,” NARAL complains. “Please tell your representative to vote against this divisive bill.”
Keenan then diverts the issue and attention away from the fact that it opposes protecting women who are targeted for abortions specifically because of their gender and places her attention on the so-called War on Women.
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“It’s impossible to believe that Rep. Franks and his allies behind the bill suddenly care about women’s rights,” she said. “Supporters of the Franks bill have tried time and again to dismantle the health-reform law, which would make basic health care more affordable and provide prenatal care to virtually all women at no cost. Many of the Franks bill sponsors have voted to end federal funding for domestic and international family-planning services. They also have rejected equal pay for women, contraception coverage, and slashed funding for programs that serve women and children.”
It’s difficult for women to be concerned about access to family planning if they’ve been killed because of their gender. And it’s no wonder Keenan is stepping down because NARAL has such little support among young Americans when her group opposes a ban on sex-selection abortions.