Don’t Expect John Kerry to Go After China’s Sex-Selection Abortions

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 29, 2013   |   6:52PM   |   Washington, DC

Don’t expect newly-minted Secretary of State John Kerry to question China on the issue of sex-selection abortions.

The Obama administration has been roundly criticized for essentially ignoring how China forces women to have abortions and subjects them and their families to human rights abuses. A switch from Hillary Clinton will not improve matters — especially with Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business, applauding the Senate’s approval of his nomination.

“Throughout his distinguished career, Senator Kerry has been a consistent supporter of women and their access to health care here in the U.S. and around the world, and we look forward to having him represent this American value in his new role as secretary of state,” the abortion business said.

“Secretary Clinton has made incredible strides in promoting the well-being of women and girls and gender equality as a central element of US foreign policy, and has left a clear framework for how to continue this leadership,” it ironically added. “We know that Senator Kerry will continue this legacy, and we stand ready to work with him to expand access to reproductive health globally, improve the implementation of global health programs, and increase America’s leadership on reproductive rights in the international arena.”

Planned Parenthood is so unconcerned about sex-selection abortions that it opposed a bill in Congress to ban them.

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 Obamaand 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.”

Planned Parenthood also opposed a bill in Utah to ban sex-selection abortions there.

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.

As a member of the Senate, Kerry has compiled only a 2% pro-life voting record since 1984, according to the National Right to Life Committee. Kerry has voted against every major piece of pro-life legislation in the Senate, including the partial-birth abortion ban, and Unborn Victims of Violence Act, and he supported a measure endorsing the Roe v. Wade decision that struck down laws banning abortions, and voted repeatedly against stopping abortion funding and funding of the Planned Parenthood abortion business.