This week, disturbing footage of a Planned Parenthood employee instructing an undercover reporter on how to obtain a sex-selection abortion surfaced. This underscores the need for a ban on this morally reprehensible, yet growing, practice.
The House of Representatives voted this week on the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act. This long-overdue legislation would have banned the practice of gender-based abortions. For the past century, the United States has made incredible strides in advancing equal rights for women. However, we remain the only developed country in the world without this prohibition. Unfortunately, the measure failed to pass in the U.S. House.
Voters have repeatedly expressed that jobs and the economy will be the leading issue in elections this year--and I agree. Improving our economy, reducing taxes and government spending, and repealing President Obama's health care law are therefore of paramount importance.
But our focus on economic investment doesn't mean that social issues can be ignored, particularly one such as this. Research has repeatedly shown that victims of sex-selection abortion are overwhelmingly girls. The United States led a 2007 U.N. resolution condemning the practice as "one of the most pervasive human rights abuses and the most extreme form of violence against women."
The increasing practice of sex-selective abortion violates a woman's most basic liberty--the right to life, regardless of gender--and endangers society as a whole. The potential for biological catastrophe aside, sex-selection further entrenches beliefs about gender inequality, and is a slippery slope towards creating "designer babies." This is why Georgia Family Council has been a leading voice and advocate in this arena since its inception.
As a staunch social conservative and OB/GYN physician for more than 30 years, I've never wavered in my pro-life convictions. But this abortion issue is one upon which family values and pro-choice groups, and conservatives and liberals alike should be able to agree. If we do not protect women from violence and discrimination at the outset of life, no other gains matter. A woman's life is as valuable as a man's, and it's time our societal views and laws reflect this.