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A few weeks ago, the California Legislature voted down the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, basically a ban on sex-selective abortion, on party lines. Because the California legislature has a Democratic supermajority, this bill didn’t have a prayer.
This bill was similar to the one introduced in Congress by Trent Franks back in 2011 (which won a majority in the House — that vote was pretty much down party lines as well)
If pro-life and pro-choice folks can find common ground on anything it should be not allowing abortions where the child’s gender (usually because it’s a girl) is the sole reason for seeking an abortion. Obviously, the feminists don’t want to touch this one.
Back in 2006, Zogby did a poll that found that 86% of respondents opposed sex-selective abortions and said they should be illegal, while only 10 percent said they should be permitted. This is a line that the American people seem willing to draw. Some states already have sex-selective abortion bans in place, but it seems that democrats in California and those in the House of Representatives don’t support this reasonable restriction.
Democrats in California blamed racism for their opposition to the bill, because some cultures are more likely than others to engage in this practice (although the ban was universal and did not mention any particular race or culture). They also argued that there were privacy concerns, with the danger that government would get between the doctor/ patient relationship. This from the people who don’t mind when doctors ask if you own a gun or not.
This may be the one area where the California Legislature wants the people have total freedom. You can’t build anything without 400 permits, and endless environmental impact assessments. You can’t smoke a cigarette except in a secluded bunker with a ventilation system that sends the smoke into space. But abortion? Go to town.
Personally, I think that this issue should be used against Democrats in debates. The American people can get behind this and we have Democrats on record voting against a sex- selection abortion ban, Make them defend this, especially since the main target for sex selection abortions are girls.
What do you think?