Republican Women Knocked for Opposing Sex-Selection Abortion Ban

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 22, 2012   |   12:45PM   |   Washington, DC

Two Republican members of the U.S. House are under fire today from pro-life groups for voting recently against the ban on sex-selection abortions despite previous pro-life votes they had cast on abortion issues.

Three pro-life women leaders — Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life, Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List, and Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America, joined together asking Rep. Nan Hayworth, a New York Republican, and Rep. Mary Bono Mack, a California Republican, why they voted against the sex-selection abortion ban. The three are asking members of their groups to contact the two Republican women to express their disappointment.

“This is a real war on women: There is nothing pro-woman about killing a baby girl because she is female, and putting her mother’s health and safety at risk in the process,” said Yoest, president of AUL. “Americans—whether pro-life or pro-abortion—overwhelmingly oppose this barbaric practice and believe it is wrong when we turn a blind eye to women being eliminated in the womb simply for being a member of the female sex.”

CWA added: “On May 31, although the House of Representatives voted 246-168 in favor of PRENDA, the bill was defeated because it required a two-thirds majority vote to pass. Condoning sex-selection abortion is discrimination, because it feeds into the idea that women are less valuable than men. According to a 2006 Zogby poll, sex-selection abortions are opposed by over 86 percent of Americans. It is a gross abuse of technology to allow parents to be able to kill their babies on the basis of sex.”

The joint action alert the three groups are sending to their respect members appears below:

“Sex-selection abortions are happening right here in the United States. Studying sex ratios, researchers at Columbia University, the University of Texas, and elsewhere have found evidence that, within certain communities, baby girls are being aborted solely because of their sex.

“Worldwide, an estimated 163 million baby girls have been aborted solely because of their gender.

“While 246 Members of Congress voted to end this lethal discrimination against unborn baby girls in the womb, I am disappointed to tell you that Congresswoman Nan Hayworth of New York and Congresswoman Bono Mack of California were not one of them.



“It is astounding that in a country where federal and state laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in various contexts – such as employment, education, and housing – Nan Hayworth and Mary Bono Mack voted against protecting unborn female children from discrimination based on their sex.

“Take Action: Ask Congresswoman Hayworth and Congresswoman Bono Mack why they chose to stand with the abortion lobby rather than defend women from the lethal discrimination of sex-selection abortion.”

ACTION: Contact Mary Bono and Nan Hayworth about their votes.