Colorado Democrats Defeat Bill to Ban Sex-Selection Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 17, 2015   |   2:59PM   |   Denver, CO

Democrats on a Colorado state House committee defeated yesterday what should have been a common sense bill to ban sex-selection abortions. Such abortions target girl babies simply because they are females.

The bill to ban sex-selection abortions (HB 1162) failed in the Colorado State and Veteran Affairs Committee with a party line vote of 6-5 with Republicans voting for the measure and Democrats voting against it.

Sarah Zagorski, the executive director of Colorado Citizens for Life, was disappointed that Democrats on the panel would not support the legislation to protect unborn baby girls from abortions on account of their gender.

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“If passed, HB 1162 would have outlawed the performance of an abortion for the purposes of sex selection; coercion of an abortion for the purposes of sex selection; solicitation or acceptance of funds for the performance of an abortion for the purposes of sex selection; or the transporting a woman into Colorado so the woman can receive an abortion for the purposes of sex-selection, she said.

“Sponsor of the bill, Rep. Nordberg, cited a study during the committee hearing that revealed that the practice of sex-selection abortions has made its way from Asia to the United States.  NARAL Pro-choice America testified against the legislation but admitted that the practice may take place in America,” Zagorski added.

Studies show the practice of sex-selection abortion has made its way from Asian nations to the United States.

Previously, Live Action released videos of Planned Parenthood staffers encouraging and assisting in alleged sex selection abortions.


Here’s how legislators voted on the sex-selection abortion ban:

Voted Against
Voted For