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Majority of the House Votes to Ban Sex-Selection Abortions, Protect Baby Girls


Location: Washington, DC

A significant majority (246 to 168) in the House of Representatives today voted for legislation to establish a federal ban on sex-selection abortion. H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), authored by Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-02) was considered by the House under a suspension, which requires a two-thirds majority vote for passage.

"Today a majority of the House voted to protect little girls from the violence of sex-selection abortion," said Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), Co-chair of the Congressional Pro-life Caucus. "It is a sad day in America when the President of the United States endorses sex-selection abortion by opposing the Franks bill to outlaw this egregious assault on baby girls. Sex-selection abortion is cruel, it's discriminatory, and it's legal.

"Last year, an undercover videotaped sting operation by Live Action exposed several Planned Parenthood affiliates who are eager, ready, and willing to facilitate secret abortions for underage sex trafficking victims--some as young or younger than 14. As the prime sponsor of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, I found the on-the-record willingness of Planned Parenthood personnel to exploit young girls and partner with sex traffickers to be absolutely appalling.

"Now Live Action has released another sting operation video--part of a new series, "Gendercide: Sex Selection in America'--showing Planned Parenthood advising an undercover female investigator how to procure a sex-selection abortion. Caught on tape, Planned Parenthood tells the investigator to wait until the baby is five months along to get an ultrasound that reveals the sex of the child. Then, if it's a girl, kill it," Smith said. "For most of us "it's a girl' is cause for enormous joy, happiness, and celebration. But in many countries, including our own, it can be a death sentence. Today, the three most dangerous words in China and India are "it's a girl.' We can't let that happen here. This is the real war on women."

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