Bid to ban sex-selection abortion fails in US
Republicans in the House of Representatives have voted against legislation to make it a crime in the US to carry out gender-based abortions.
In an election campaign year when Democrats are accusing Republicans of waging a war against women, Republicans sought to portray the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act as a women's rights issue.
But the legislation required a two-thirds majority for passage, because of procedural rules, and had no future in the Democratic Senate.
The bill would have would make it an offence to perform or coerce a woman into a sex-selection abortion.
Opponents said it would subject doctors to criminal charges and discriminate against Asian-American women. Abortions of female foetuses are an issue in some Asian countries where families prefer sons.