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House to Vote on Franks' Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) issued the following statement regarding the forthcoming vote this afternoon in the House of Representatives on H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act. The legislation prohibits abortion on the basis of the unborn baby's gender, a problem recently highlighted by undercover videos showing a Planned Parenthood clinic staff member instructing a woman how to obtain a late-term sex-selective abortion.
"The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act simply says that an unborn child cannot be discriminated against by subjecting them to abortion based on the sex of the child.
"The practice of sex selection abortion has now left the human family on earth with approximately 200 million missing baby girls. Various United Nations organizations have battled sex-selection abortion for years, and in 2007, the United States spearheaded a U.N. resolution to condemn sex-selection abortion worldwide. Yet, here in the land of the free and the home of the brave, we are the only advanced country left in the world that still doesn't restrict sex-selection abortion in any way.
"Meanwhile, a number of studies, not to mention the videos released this week by Lila Rose's organization Live Action, have revealed that this practice of sex selection abortion is not only present but is now demonstrably increasing in the United States. This evil practice has now allowed thousands of little girls in America, and millions of little girls across the world, to be brutally dismembered, most of them in the 2nd or 3rd trimesters, when they are capable of feeling extreme pain, simply because they were little girls instead of instead of little boys.
"Sex selection is a tragic form of gendercide that must never be tacitly sanctioned by legislators in the name of political correctness. There are few more fundamental truths that go to the core of who we are as Americans than the principle that we are all created equal. Allowing baby girls to be killed simply because they are little girls tramples on that core principle.
"The American people are overwhelmingly in support of this bill. Liberals are now going to have to decide if they can find the humanity within themselves to prevent the killing of little girls simply because they are little girls. A "no" vote on this issue should and will be condemned by history."