Planned Parenthood Celebrates Defeat of Bill to Ban Killing Girls in Sex-Selection Abortions

State   Steven Ertelt   May 26, 2015   |   5:34PM    Washington, DC

The Planned Parenthood abortion business today celebrated the defeat of pro-life legislation in Louisiana that would ban killing girls (or boys) in sex-selection abortions.

After research has shown that the practice of sex-selection abortion has made its way from Asian nations to the United States, pro-life advocates are moving forward with legislation to ban sex-selection abortions that target girl babies.

HB 701, the legislation aimed at preventing sex-selective abortion in Louisiana, was stalled today by a 2-2 vote in the State Senate Judiciary B Committee. Senators J.P. Morrell and Karen Carter Peterson voted against the bill, and Senators Norby Chabert and Eric Lafleur voted in favor of the bill.

After the vote, the nation’s biggest abortion company applauded what it hailed as the defeat of the pro-life legislation.

But Ben Clapper, the executive director of Louisiana Right to Life, says the bill to stop gender-selection abortions is sorely needed. He’s the comment he released to LifeNews.com about what happened:

“Today was the culmination of a week where HB 701, and the pro-life cause, were hung out to dry in the Louisiana Senate. Instead of having the bill placed in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, as is customary, the legislation was placed in a committee led by pro-abortion Sen. J.P. Morrell. While there are civil penalties on HB 701, many pro-life bills with various forms of penalties have been heard in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee before.

“At the beginning of the committee hearing Rep. (Lenar) Whitney attempted to offer important amendments that would have fixed concerns raised by many legislators. Chairman Morrell immediately objected, prior to even letting Rep. Whitney finish her presentation of the amendments. Chairman Morrell falsely accused Rep. Whitney of proposing the amendment simply to get the bill moved to another committee. He even called it ‘venue shopping.’

“Near the end of the committee hearing Chairman Morrell offered to author a resolution that would investigate the frequency of sex-selective abortions in Louisiana to determine if future legislation to ban the practice is necessary. While we support the general concept of the resolution, we believe we need to pass legislation now to make sure sex-selective abortions are not happening in Louisiana. We should not wait until we realize we have a problem in order to act to solve it. If sex-selective abortion is wrong for Louisiana, we must pass HB 701 now to make sure that not even one baby girl or baby boy is killed from this violent form of gender discrimination.

“We are saddened that Senators Johns, Smith, and Tarver did not attend the hearing. If even one of these senators, who have a generally pro-life voting record, had been present, the bill would have succeeded.”

This isn’t the first time Planned Parenthood has been on record supporting sex-selection abortions. Last year, in a letter to members of the California state legislature, the abortion giant opposed another ban on sex-selection abortions.

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In a June 12, 2014, letter to lawmakers, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California hand-delivered a letter to all California Assembly Members and State Senators. A copy of the letter includes five bullet points and the fifth bullet point includes specific opposition to “sex selection abortion bans.”

Not only does the abortion corporation indicate it opposes a ban on aborting baby girls simply because they are girls, Planned Parenthood informs lawmakers that votes on legislation like a sex-selection abortion ban will be reported to its membership, where lawmakers voting pro-life for such a ban would almost assuredly be given black marks on its scorecard.

Before that, the investigative pro-life group Live Action, which has released videos exposing the abuses at the Planned Parenthood abortion business across the country, released a video in May 2012 showing a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Austin, Texas encouraging a woman to get a sex-selection abortion.

The video shows a Planned Parenthood staffer encouraging the woman to obtain a late-term abortion because she was purportedly carrying a girl and wanted to have a boy. The video is the first in a new series titled “Gendercide: Sex-Selection in America,” that Live Action tells LifeNews will be exposing the practice of sex-selective abortion in the United States and how Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry facilitate the selective elimination of baby girls in the womb.

“I see that you’re saying that you want to terminate if it’s a girl, so are you just wanting to continue the pregnancy in the meantime?” a Planned Parenthood counselor named “Rebecca” offers the woman, who is purportedly still in her first trimester and cannot be certain about the gender.

“The abortion covers you up until 23 weeks,” explains Rebecca, “and usually at 5 months is usually (sic) when they detect, you know, whether or not it’s a boy or a girl.”

Planned Parenthood responded to the video essentially saying it would not deny a sex-selection abortion.

The pro-life group later released more videos confirming Planned Parenthood has no issue with sex-selection abortions.

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Restrictions have also been placed on sex-selection abortion in countries such as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

While the U.S. has no such restrictions, sex selection has increasingly becoming problematic.

“A 2009 New York Times story cited several studies showing that Americans of Chinese, Indian and Korean descent retain a preference for sons and occasionally choose abortion because of it. And a 2011 article in Forbes reported on two abortion businesses located in areas of high Asian-immigrant populations that allowed researchers to interview their patients. According to the article, researchers found 89 percent of the women surveyed who were carrying girls aborted them. Half of those women said they had aborted girls before, and many of the women reported they were coerced into the abortion by threats of divorce and violence if they did not bear sons,” he explained.

So far, eight states – Illinois, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Arizona, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas and North Carolina – have enacted laws prohibiting sex-selection abortion. Louisiana would be the ninth.