ACLU Supports Sex-Selection, Race-Based Abortions

State   |   Wesley J. Smith   |   May 30, 2013   |   12:08PM   |   Washington, DC

The ACLU can be counted on to advocate on behalf of culture of death issues. Now, it is suing to overturn Arizona’s ban on sex and race-based abortion.

From the AP story:

Civil rights groups on Wednesday sued Arizona to block a 2011 law banning abortions based on the race or sex of the child that makes it a felony to knowingly provide a sex- or race-based abortion. Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona said the law unconstitutionally singles out Asian and black women based on stereotypes and the sponsors’ beliefs that Asian and black women may choose an abortion because of race or the baby’s sex.

What? The law bans abortion based on sex and race. It doesn’t ban abortions by black or Asian women. Just because there was legislative history that some communities might be more likely to terminate a pregnancy based on sex, doesn’t mean the law is invidiously aimed at those communities.

And here I thought the ACLU opposed racism and sexism. Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney who blogs at Secondhand Smoke.