Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Prohibit Abortions of Gay Unborn Children

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 25, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 25, 2005

Augusta, ME ( — A lawmaker in Maine has introduced legislation to prohibit abortions on unborn children who are gay. The legislation has raised eyebrows of both those involved in the abortion debate and those who debate whether or not genetics has any bearing on someone’s sexuality.

State Rep. Brian Duprey introduced the measure that would protect gay babies.

He told the Portland Press Herald newspaper that listening to the Rush Limbaugh show gave him the idea for the bill. Limbaugh had commented that if scientists ever discovered a gene that caused a person to be gay, then homosexual activists would become pro-life "overnight."

"Most people would agree that to kill someone just because that person might be gay would constitute a hate crime," Duprey said.

"I have heard from women who told me that if they found out that they were carrying a child with the gay gene, then they would abort. I think this is wrong," Duprey explained to the Press Herald newspaper. "Those unborn children should be protected."

Duprey introduced LD 908, "An Act to Protect Homosexuals from Discrimination" that National Review editor Jonah Goldberg calls "unusual" in an article Friday at National Review Online.

"Now, I don’t know whether Duprey’s on the up-and-up with all of this," Goldberg responds. "I don’t even know whether he’s against abortions for straight babies."

"I also doubt that we’ll ever find anything like a "gay gene,’" Goldberg opines. "Still, this little stunt ought to provoke some much-needed reflection about technology, ideology, and human society."

Detractors say Duprey’s bill is not designed to seriously discuss abortion policy or protect gays and lesbians.

House Majority Leader Glenn Cummings told the Portland newspaper, "It will be seen as some kind of political gamesmanship."

Duprey conceded he knows a "gay gene" has not been found and many scientists doubt one exists, but it will raise serious questions if one is ever discovered.

"Technology is changing every day. They could map the homosexual gene tomorrow," Duprey said.

The possibility is a concern to members of PLAGAL, a pro-life organization whose members are homosexual. In addition to opposing abortion for other reasons, PLAGAL worries gays and lesbians will be aborted if a gay gene is found.

"If, as recent scientific discoveries suggest, homosexuality has a genetic basis, the day is not far off when doctors will be able to determine if a child in the womb is predisposed to be gay," the group explains in a brochure.

"Once medical science achieves that ability, it will be possible to do by legal, surgical procedure what all the homophobes and gay-bashers throughout history have tried and failed to do — to eliminate lesbians and gays once and for all," PLAGAL says.

Duprey is no stranger to controversy.

Last month, the conservative legislator introduced legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine, and then opposed the bill. He says he only introduced it at the request of a constituent.

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