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Arizona Tries to Ban Race and Sex-Selective Abortion

Arizona Tries to Ban Race and Sex-Selective Abortion

On Tuesday, the Arizona House of Representatives passed a bill that would prohibit abortion based on the race or gender of the unborn child.  Under the bill, doctors or other practitioners would be fined if it could be proved that they had performed an abortion, knowing that it was being requested solely on the basis of the fetus’ race or sex. 

The bill’s proponents insisted that such legislation was necessary because mothers did not want female or minority babies; it was designed, its sponsor said, to “put an end to offensive and abhorrent practices which have no place in an egalitarian, multi-cultural society.”

Its opponents called it a bill “in search of a problem,” saying that these forms of abortion were not a prevalent issue (in fact, most abortions take place before the sex can be detected).  And others pointed out the fact that the data that was being used to support the bill was biased because it did not acknowledge the myriad other factors that play into the decision to have an abortion. 

“Right now in America, unfortunately, the African-American community and other minority communities have more unintended pregnancies because of factors we are ignoring today,” explained one Democrat.  Republicans responded by saying that Democrats were not interested in “protecting” the “minority community.”

As Irin Carmon points out in a piece for Jezebel, the disturbing part of this legislation is that women would have to justify to their doctors why they wanted abortions.  In all likelihood, the women who would be most affected by the assumption that they were requesting an abortion because of race or sex-selection would be women of color, despite the fact that there are an enormous number of variables playing into a woman’s decision to have an abortion, none of which she should have to defend to her doctor, especially if the doctor is worried about getting fined.

As usual, the Republicans’ “concern” over this issue is just a thinly veiled attempt to restrict abortion further.  So let’s hope that the Arizona State Senate throws out this insincere attempt to “protect” minorities by curtailing women’s rights.

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7:08PM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Thank you.

7:07PM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Thank you.

3:50AM PST on Mar 3, 2011

I don't agree with convenient abortion. Period. I think to abort because it's the "wrong gender" is sick. I realize yes, there are medical and personal necessities, and when it is necessary, fine. Because you're too good to have a boy or too manly to have a girl, you're sexist. Same for if you have multiple partners. What, so you don't want this race but that one? Stop being racist and overly sleazy then.

I am pro choice, btw, and in cases of rape, incest, life hazard of the mother, and a few other exceptions, fine, but for convenience or "oops", no.

11:24AM PST on Feb 28, 2011

To those who think the Chinese are still aborting female babies: NOT any more. With a disproportionate population of 10 men to every woman, girl babies are now considered quite valuable. What you're saying was basically true 20 yrs. ago when the one-child action was installed and costs (of all things) kept sonogram machines in villages and the gender of the child could be determined, but now things are very different.

7:28AM PST on Feb 24, 2011

I second that, Jill M.!

5:10AM PST on Feb 24, 2011

Thanks for sharing~

4:10AM PST on Feb 24, 2011

I hate the way some of you guys speak about the inborn HUMAN BEING as though it is a piece of trash you have no regard for life at all what is the matter with you.

2:39AM PST on Feb 24, 2011

I don't understand why this is a problem. Maybe I'm missing something?

No one is stopping a woman from getting an abortion if she wants one, but they are saying it's wrong to get one because you dont want a black baby, or a hispanic one, or a girl.

I agree, I think that is sick. And prejudicial. It's hardly different from the medieval Chinese belief that boys are inherently better.

Besides, how hard is saying "I want to get an abortion" without adding "because the baby will be black"?

It doesn't seem like anyone is stopping a woman from getting an abortion, neither does it seem detrimental to doctors. As long as they give abortions legally, all is well?

12:39AM PST on Feb 24, 2011

I never can get inside of these non abortion people. MEN! Most of them I'm sure! Yeah they're not raped, don't go through about 3 months of morning sickness, even ending up at the ER a few time because they can't keep anything down. Then as that 4 months or so has passed, the tummy gets bigger & bigger after the 8th. month, if your lucky enough to have got that far without any major problems, you wish it was over and done with, but no, there is another month or so to go. By the ninth month you think you have a small army growing inside ya as you can't even sit or lie down without great discomfort. Not to mention all the pain of giving birth!!!!!.
Then to think you never wanted to be regnant in the first place! No, perhaps you were raped! But law says you can't abort. So you had to give birth hating every second of the nine months until you could get that child out of you!
Now what? Who's going to fed it care for it and love it and not tell the child it was never wanted in the first place???????????

They are fricken mad! To think a woman should carry every child to term just because some other mad feck thinks it's wrong. Well, perhaps if abortion is ever band every unwanted child should be given over to those morons to raise!

Are we not too many already in this world? Imagine if every fetus became a child and that child had a child or two or 3 , etc. There is no room and resources for the population as it is.

Get real people!

11:59PM PST on Feb 23, 2011

So the following scenario

Woman ethnic group A is raped by male of ehnic group A
She gets abortion no problem
Woman ethnic group A is raped by male of Ethnic group B
She gets abortion but the doctor is fined for performing abortion with racial implications.

"Under the bill, doctors or other practitioners would be fined if it could be proved that they had performed an abortion, knowing that it was being requested solely on the basis of the fetus' race or sex. "

I wonder what would be needed as proof? Probably nothing.

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