Bill to be introduced outlawing sex selection abortions. Personally I can't wait to see the list of pro-choice politicians fighting for women's rights who vote against this one. This ought to be good!
The measure would face even longer odds in the Democrat-controlled Senate, where most give it no chance of passage.
House vote follows the release of a video taken surreptitiously in
April at a Texas Planned Parenthood clinic by anti-abortion activist Lila Rose’s
Live Action group, which purportedly showed an employee of the
organization counseling a woman contemplating a sex-selection abortion.
the video, released Tuesday, a pregnant woman says she and her husband
plan to abort the fetus if it is female. The Planned Parenthood employee
answers questions and offers advice.
At one point, the pregnant
woman asks whether, instead of telling ultrasound technicians and other
health-care officials that she will terminate the pregnancy if it’s a
girl, “[I should] just keep it quiet and then come here?”
would,” the Planned Parenthood employee replies, noting that other
people might “judge” the woman. “I’m just trying to, you know, help you
as much as possible with this,” the employee says, ending the visit
with, “Well, good luck, and I hope that you do get your boy.”
The video is posted at protectourgirls.com.
vice president of education for the Planned Parenthood Federation of
America, said that the Texas employee had been let go because she “did
not follow our protocol” for dealing with “a highly unusual patient
“Planned Parenthood insists on the highest-quality
patient care, and if we ever become aware of a staff member not meeting
these high standards we take swift action,” she said.
Planned Parenthood “opposes racism and sexism in all forms,” she said, adding that the video is a “hoax patient encounter.”
Four states - Illinois, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Arizona - outlaw abortions performed solely because of the sex of the child.
sex-selection abortions stem from the determination of the baby’s sex.
Some medical tests are available early in pregnancy - and one
over-the-counter test claims it can predict the sex of the fetus as
early as 10 weeks after conception. But many times, parents wait for an
ultrasound scan, which takes place in the fourth or fifth month of
Sex-selection abortions, therefore, are often done in the second or third trimester.
to demographers, a “normal” sex ratio at birth is about 104 boys for
every 100 girls. Experts become alarmed when they see a sex ratio that
exceeds 106 boys to 100 girls.
In his 2009 study, Mr. Abrevaya analyzed birth data of several racial groups, including white, black, Chinese and East Indian mothers in California.
white and black mothers showed no gender differences in births - boys
were as likely to be born as girls - and normal sex ratios were also
seen for first-born children of Chinese and Indian mothers.
for third and fourth babies, the preference for boys in Asian
populations was unmistakable and “could not be explained” by biology,
said Mr. Abrevaya,
whose study appeared in the American Economic Journal. He estimated
that between 1991 and 2004, there were 900 “missing” girls among Chinese
mothers and 1,300 “missing” girls among Indian mothers.
reasons for “son preferences” include traditional inheritance practices,
male employability, wedding customs that favor the groom and his
family, and burial practices that require a son’s attendance to the
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