The mainly Republican supporters of the bill characterized the vote as a sex-discrimination issue at a time when Democrats are accusing Republicans of waging a war on women. Abortion rights advocates argued that the bill exploits the problem of selective abortion to further limit a woman’s right to choose.
The House Republican leadership brought the bill to the floor under a procedure requiring a two-thirds majority for passage, and the outcome was uncertain. To help assure passage, the authors removed a contentious provision of the bill that would have also banned abortions based on the race of the fetus.
The legislation, sponsored by anti-abortion activist Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., would make it a federal offense, subject to up to five years in prison, to perform, solicit funds to perform or coerce a woman into a sex-selection abortion. Bringing a woman into the country to obtain such an abortion would also be punishable by up to five years in prison.
“We are the only advanced country left in the world that still doesn’t restrict sex-selection abortion in any way,” said Franks, who has also collided with pro-choice groups recently over a bill he is pushing to ban abortions in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks of pregnancy. “This evil practice has now allowed thousands of little girls in America and millions of little girls across the world to be brutally dismembered.”
A sane, moral reaction to the story, here.
So before everyone gets all happy and jumping up and down, think about this. The House wants to make it a federal crime to abort a baby because of what the person’s motives are (ie. gender of the baby), but they don’t want to make it an issue to simply murder the baby for any other reason.
The legislation has mainly Republican support and it is nothing short of a politicizing of sex-discrimination.
Right, Mr. Franks, but what about little boys too? What about “brutally dismembering” any baby for any reason? Why does this have to be only about sex discrimination? Why is it not about the first and foremost issue, life? I truly believe Rep. Frank’s heart is in the right place in wanting to get rid of abortion, but there is not clear thinking here in the legislation itself.
National Right to Life Committee legislative director Douglas Johnson said that lawmakers, “who recently have embraced contrived political rhetoric asserting that they are resisting a `war on women’ must reflect on whether they now wish to be recorded as being defenders of the escalating war on baby girls.”
I am all for standing up for the unborn, but not just based upon sex and while I’m happy to see legislation calling for bans on abortion, we must keep in mind what is at the heart here and that is the government reading minds and intentions of why someone is murdering their baby.
“Doctors would be forced to police their patients, read their minds and conceal information from them,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).
Sadly, Nadler has it right here. This is exactly what it is. I say if we are going to deal with the abortion issue it takes place across the board. No matter what the reason, it is wrong. There is no pro-choice. It is either pro-life or pro-death.
Frankly, when the GOP, the party that is supposed to be pro-life, has had power, it has failed at ending the holocaust of the unborn. Why won’t the GOP simply deal with the issue in the most effective way possible and remove this issue from the federal government and let the states deal with this? Overnight abortion would be illegal and punishable.
But my goodness, if you’re going to come out and argue that people are committing a crime in one instance (gender of the baby) and not committing a crime in another instance (promiscuous sex), then you are not being consistent.