Planned Parenthood Opposes Bill to Ban Sex-Selection Abortions
by Steven Ertelt | Salt Lake City, UT | LifeNews.com | 12/3/12 12:40 PM
Republican and pro-life advocates were supposedly the ones engaging in a War on Women, but Planned Parenthood appears to be headlong into a new war on women, before birth.
Utah State Sen. Margaret Dayton is proposing legislation prohibiting abortions in the western state if sought because the baby is a girl. The measure may also prevent abortions if sought because the baby is black or another undesired race.
Planned Parenthood of Utah opposes the proposed “Gender Selection Abortion Prohibition” bill. Karrie Galloway, the head of the abortion business in the state, told media that her group is opposed to the common sense bill because it is a “solution looking for a problem” simply because she is unaware of any cases of sex-selection abortions or race-based abortions in Utah.
“I personally am not aware of any suspected abuse in that arena,” she said. “Therefore, I see it as a solution looking for a problem.”
According to one newspaper, Galloway said the race issues would concern her more than the gender issues because “they speak to creating problems.”
“I guess we’ll have to wait and see what (Dayton) has in mind,” she said. “I would suspect that the only reason one would be looking at this type of legislation is to do abortion legislation, not to solve a problem.”
Arizona, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania already ban sex-selective abortions by law.
Earlier this year, Democrats in the House of Representatives prevented passage of a bill that would ban sex-selection abortions. The legislation needed a two-thirds vote and Democrats voted overwhelmingly against the legislation after President Barack Obama and Planned Parenthood came out in opposition.
With a 246-168 vote, the bill did not obtain the two-thirds majority necessary to pass. Republicans voted for the bill on a 226-7 margin while Democrats opposed banning sex-selection abortions on 161-20 vote margin.
The bill would make it a federal offense to knowingly do any one of the following four things: (1) perform an abortion, at any time in pregnancy, “knowing that such abortion is sought based on the sex or gender of the child”; (2) use “force or threat of force. . . for the purpose of coercing a sex-selection abortion”; (3) solicit or accept funds to perform a sex-selection abortion; or (4) transport a woman into the U.S. or across state lines for this purpose. However, the bill says “A woman upon whom a sex-selection abortion is performed may not be prosecuted or held civilly liable for any violation . . .”
The bill also specifically states, “Nothing in this Act shall be construed to require that a healthcare provider has an affirmative duty to inquire as to the motivation for the abortion, absent the healthcare provider having knowledge or information that the abortion is being sought based on the sex or gender of the child.”
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Leading pro-life groups were aghast that Democrats would stand in the way of passing what should be a common sense bill.
Obama’s opposition came after after a new video exposing how Planned Parenthood encourages women to have sex-selection abortions. A second video showing another Planned Parenthood clinic okaying sex-selection abortions has followed it up.
A few years ago, a national study showed the possibility that the practice of sex-selection abortions has made its way from Asia to the United States. Researchers Douglas Almond and Lena Edlund of the National Academy of Sciences say their analysis of the 2000 Census shows the odds prematurely increasing for Asian-American families from China, Korea and India to have a boy if they already have a girl child.