Thursday 19 April 2018

Bid to ban sex-selection abortion fails in US

Jim Abrams in Washington

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.

Irish Independent

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