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Sex-Selection Abortion Ban

H.B. 5731- Andrea LaFontaine

Current Status

No action was taken on H.B. 5731 during the remainder of the session. Thus the bill "died" at the conclusion of the session. Rep. LaFontaine expressed her intention to reintroduce the bill in the 2013-2014 session.

H.B. 5731 was introduced on June 12, 2012, and referred to the House Committee on Health Policy.

Description
This legislation would prohibit performance of an abortion if the physician knows the abortion is based on the sex of the unborn child. Violations would be punishable by fines and revocation or suspension of the physician's license.

 

Background

The problem of sex-selection abortions has manifested itself in a variety of ways across the globe for decades. China's poplulation control "One Child" policy has led to a terrible gender imbalance with millions of unborn baby girls killed by abortion. Similiar cultural biases favoring male children in other Asian cultures has led to millions more girls being denied their right to life.

In America, with unrestricted abortion-on-demand being legal in all the states, these sorts of culture biases, as well as social engineering mentalities like "family balancing," has led to a small, but relevant practice of sex-selection abortion here. Abortion advocates pretend to disavow and discourage the practice. But these same abortion apologists uniformly oppose bills like HB 5731. Truth be told, abortionists never turn away a paying customer.

 

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