House Votes Down Bill to Ban Gender-Based Abortions
The House of Representives on Thursday failed to pass the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, which would have criminalized aborting a preborn baby because of its gender, the Christian Post reports. The vote, 246-168, required a two-thirds majority because it was brought to vote under suspension of the rules. Most Republicans voted for it, while most Democrats voted against it. Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), the bill's sponsor, said: "Worldwide now, we're probably missing 200 million girls because of sex-selective abortions, and in America we have now allowed thousands of little girls to be dismembered, usually late in the pregnancy when they can feel extreme pain, simply because they are little girls. And it's gotten so that the most deadly words on the planet are 'It's a girl.' ... It should assault our conscience. And we should do what's necessary to end it." Opponents of the bill argued it was "intended to chip away at a woman's right to seek safe, legal medical care," but Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.) said: "There can be no rights for women if we don't allow them the right to life. ... This is the ultimate war on women. If we don't allow women to be born, we cannot talk about any other rights."