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Sex-Selective Abortion Bans Do More Harm Than Good

Sex-Selective Abortion Bans Do More Harm Than Good

House Republicans delayed until Thursday a vote on the controversial Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA). It’s hard to tell if this is a victory or not. The bill is not expected to pass, so when the vote happens doesn’t really matter.

But Republicans are trying really hard to leverage PRENDA into a talking point that the GOP is the party of civil rights and given the subject of the ban–sex selective abortion–it’s exactly the kind of abortion restriction that is easy to spin to a public already fuzzy on the contours of the pro-life/pro-choice divide.

There’s ample evidence to disprove the claims and shine a light on the deep cynicism driving PRENDA and even more analysis on the actual harm these kinds of bans cause in state’s like Arizona where they are already in place. The Guttmacher Institute’s findings show that while sex-selective bans are always passed in the name of promoting civil rights, they have no impact on the entrenched gender bias that underlies the practice.

“Rather than working to address the harmful social and cultural norms that lead to son preference and, as a result, sex-selective abortion, these proposals cynically advance a narrow agenda that starts and ends with banning abortion,” says Sneha Barot, author of the new analysis. “The experience of other countries has clearly demonstrated that such bans are not only ineffective, but they further exacerbate gender discrimination by undermining women’s autonomy and creating additional obstacles to women’s health care.”

No matter what they call it or how they spin it, for Republicans, protecting women’s rights means trying to legislate them out of existence.

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12:02AM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

I've always stated that in cases of rape, incest and health of the mother trump everything else, and for those situations, we must NOT ever restrict abortion access. many times it's a 16 year old girl not in any shape to be a mother, or other extreme circumstances.

Anyway, it just seems that the far right is only prolife until the baby is born, then it's up to you to raise the baby... Prenatal care is also expensive.

11:59AM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

I personaly do not believe in abortion, but think it is up to the woman . It is her body and the choice should be between her and her doctor, if married her and husband and doctor A D&C is for other medical reasions not just abortion. For sure if she really wants one if not legal , she will end up in a dark room, that is dirty and have one anyway by someone that doesn't do it right costing at times her life. So it should be legal, As a nurse I have seen in the long ago past women coming into the hospital with infection and bleeding to death. So the tea party and hell bent repub need to get off their high horse and leave it to choice. Not our call it is between the woman and God and we are not God.

11:46AM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

Get the government out of my uterus. These are decisions between a woman and her doctor and their is no place for the government.

10:01AM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

These bills are trying to fix a problem that is very rare in the US. Sure, there might be a few people in immigrant communities who want to adhere to the ways of the old country and produce a male first. They will always be able to find a doctor of the same ethnic origin who agrees with them. If these people really feel that a daughter is not worth having, then maybe it would be better if the baby is not born, instead of bringing her into a family that will neglect or abuse her. We should invite immigrants to fully integrate, so that old superstitions fade away by the next generation.

There are also genetically determined diseases that affect genders differently- sex-linked disorders. Some can be severe or life threatening, such as hemophilia, fragile X syndrome, and Duchenne muscular dystrophy, so parents must be able to retain the right to abortion.

7:24AM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

It is entirely the woman's choice. But allow me to say that any woman who chooses to abort because of the sex of her baby is a monster and not a mother!

7:15AM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

As I always say, "MY uterus, MY decision"!

5:29AM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

Oh, and if you don't answer truthfully and fully you can go to jail for a year for each count. But your just a lady doctor, who might have given an abortion, so who cares.

This is happening Eugene. In the USA, in four different states. Now someone will most likely tell us all that a D & E is an abortion. Dilate and Evacuate. And they would be right. Only it's not normally considered an abortion if the fetus has no heartbeat at 12 weeks. But that doesn't stop the state from interagating your doctor or going through your medical records.

So, why do the paragons on the right want to pass this law? Are they concerned with making sure our beautiful baby girls are born? Or do they want to did in to our medical records and intimidate the few doctors willing to offer complete care to women. I'll refer you back to ACORN. Was the right worried that our tax monies were being spent by criminals? Or did they want to stop the registration to vote for poor and working class Americans? Hmmm? In that case I think they got exactly what they want. In this case? I hope that American women will stand up and stop them.

5:28AM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

Oh, and if you don't answer truthfully and fully you can go to jail for a year for each count. But your just a lady doctor, who might have given an abortion, so who cares.

This is happening Eugene. In the USA, in four different states. Now someone will most likely tell us all that a D & E is an abortion. Dilate and Evacuate. And they would be right. Only it's not normally considered an abortion if the fetus has no heartbeat at 12 weeks. But that doesn't stop the state from interagating your doctor or going through your medical records.

So, why do the paragons on the right want to pass this law? Are they concerned with making sure our beautiful baby girls are born? Or do they want to did in to our medical records and intimidate the few doctors willing to offer complete care to women. I'll refer you back to ACORN. Was the right worried that our tax monies were being spent by criminals? Or did they want to stop the registration to vote for poor and working class Americans? Hmmm? In that case I think they got exactly what they want. In this case? I hope that American women will stand up and stop them.

5:27AM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

Oh, and if you don't answer truthfully and fully you can go to jail for a year for each count. But your just a lady doctor, who might have given an abortion, so who cares.

This is happening Eugene. In the USA, in four different states. Now someone will most likely tell us all that a D & E is an abortion. Dilate and Evacuate. And they would be right. Only it's not normally considered an abortion if the fetus has no heartbeat at 12 weeks. But that doesn't stop the state from interagating your doctor or going through your medical records.

So, why do the paragons on the right want to pass this law? Are they concerned with making sure our beautiful baby girls are born? Or do they want to did in to our medical records and intimidate the few doctors willing to offer complete care to women. I'll refer you back to ACORN. Was the right worried that our tax monies were being spent by criminals? Or did they want to stop the registration to vote for poor and working class Americans? Hmmm? In that case I think they got exactly what they want. In this case? I hope that American women will stand up and stop them.

5:23AM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

EUGENE......FOX had video of a pimp and his hooker walking in to an ACORN office and discussing illegal activities with a lower level employee. In fact, FOX played it over and over, discussed it on both the O'Rielly and Beck shows. The video caused ACORN to lose many donors and started investigations in four states. It also caused ACORN to file chapter 7, effectively closing it down. Surprise!!! Once the investigations were completed it was found that ACORN had done NOTHING WRONG. Sadly, the video in question was a lie. Edited and filmed to fool people in to abandoning an organization that had nothing but rightouse goals. Things like fair housing and voter registration. But the wheels of justice grind slow and rightouse indignation burns fast. But please don't use "FOX had video tape" as an offer of fact.

Now why would the right wing want to make up such a thing and what would it hurt to pass the law? Aunt Dottie's gonna tell you. Let's say your a doctor that specializes in women's health. And sometimes an ending of a pregnancy is called for. Or even a D&E. Well, if this law passes you, the doctor, could be brought to the police station and interrogated about WHY? the abortion or D&E was preformed. What did your patient say to you? How many children does the patient already have? What are the sexes of those children? Do you, Mr. Doctor, think this patient would ever decide to have another child? What sex do you think she would want that child

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