Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Protecting Against Sex-Selection and Race-Selection Abortion

On September 23, 2008, Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) introduced H.R. 7016, the Susan B. Anthony Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act. If enacted, the bill would prohibit discrimination against the unborn on the basis of sex or race.

"Sex-selection and race-selection abortions trivialize the value of the unborn on the basis of sex or race, reinforcing sex and race discrimination, and coarsening society to the humanity of all vulnerable and innocent human life, making it increasingly difficult to protect such life. Thus, Congress has a compelling interest in acting--indeed it must act--to prohibit sex-selection abortion and race-selection abortion."

The bill states that "Whoever knowingly performs an abortion knowing that such abortion is sought based on the sex, gender, color or race of the child, or the race of a parent of that child; uses force or the threat of force to intentionally injure or intimidate any person for the purpose of coercing a sex-selection or race-selection abortion, or attempts to do so; or solicits or accepts funds for the purpose of financing a sex-selection abortion or a race-selection abortion; shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.

Currently, this bill is before the House Judiciary Committee. Please contact members of this Committee and ask them to vote for the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act. A complete list of members can be found at http://judiciary.house.gov/about/members.html.