Today Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) voted in support of H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act (PRENDA), which would ban sex-selective abortions. While most advanced countries are making strides to prohibit sex-selection through law, sex-selective abortions are currently a legal and trending practice in the U.S. The bill ultimately did not receive the two-thirds majority needed for passage and failed, 246-168.
"As a longtime supporter of pro-life legislation and a co-sponsor of the Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act (PRENDA), I will continue to work to protect the lives of the unborn and prevent abortions motivated by sexual discrimination," said Hall. "By law, sex discrimination is prohibited in employment, education, housing, and health insurance coverage - certainly unborn children should receive the same protection."
Studies by U.C. Berkeley, University of Texas, University of Connecticut, and Columbia University have shown that sex-selective abortions are not only on the rise, but that discrimination largely targets unborn girls. "The Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act addressed this violence, particularly against women and their unborn daughters," Hall said.
Specifically, the bill would have banned:
· Sex-selection abortion;
· The coercion of sex-selection abortion;
· The solicitation or acceptance of funds for sex-selection abortion; and
· The transportation of a woman into the country to obtain a sex-selection abortion.
"I believe in the sanctity of life and that everyone has the right to life. I will continue to represent my districts' values and speak up for unborn children who cannot defend themselves. We must all work together to make sure the value of human life is upheld."