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Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act

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Mr. FLEMING. I want to thank the gentleman, Mr. Franks of Arizona, for authoring this fine bill.

You know, I find that gender-oriented abortion is problematic for two reasons. Number one is very obvious. The taking of an innocent life merely because that child happens to be a boy or a girl certainly goes against all the values that we hold true in America. But, secondly, because of the technology requiring that you are well into the second trimester even to determine the gender of the fetus means that we're talking about a mid- to late-term abortion, something that is so brutal.

Mr. Speaker, as a family physician and a father of four, two boys and two girls, I have delivered over 300 babies in my career. Each and every child, regardless of his or her gender, is a unique individual, deserving of equal protection under the law. The American people agree with me on this. In fact, polls show that over two-thirds of Americans are supportive of eliminating abortion practices tailored to destroy babies because of their gender.

Gender aside, which is really what this is, the deliberate annihilation of a particular sex, often unborn female children, as we know, generally occurs midway through pregnancy. These late-term abortions are grisly procedures, where the condemned is often poisoned or dismembered before being extracted from the womb, sometimes in pieces. Medical evidence shows that, at a minimum, unborn babies can experience pain at 20 weeks.

I ask my colleagues to support this bill, H.R. 3541.

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