168 Members Vote Against Banning Sex-Selective Abortion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 31, 2012
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Mallory Quigley, 202-223-8073

Absolutists Fail to Speak for Majority of American Women


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, although the House of Representatives voted 246-168 in favor of the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), to ban sex-selective abortions, the bill was defeated. Because the House was voting under suspension, the legislation required a two-thirds majority vote to pass.

“Today President Obama and 168 absolutist members of Congress chose to stand with the abortion lobby rather than defend women from the lethal discrimination of sex-selective abortion,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the nationwide pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List. “It strikes me as grossly hypocritical that President Obama and his allies lament the so-called ‘War on Women,’ and yet fail to defend those women most in need – unborn daughters and the mothers coerced into sex-selective abortion.”

 “Our President and the leaders of his party are now on the record as being diametrically opposed to an overwhelming majority – 80 percent – of American women who support a ban on sex-selective abortion,” continued Dannenfelser.  “The SBA List plans to ensure that come November, women will remember who failed to stand up for them.” 

Previously, the Susan B. Anthony List released a web ad entitled “Womanhood,” rebuking President Obama, his allies in Congress and the abortion lobby for the “War on Women,” including failure to protect unborn women from sex-selective abortion. The ad has been viewed nearly 85,000 times and is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbeZFDyHC30

On May 17, polling data released by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the education and research arm of the Susan B. Anthony List, found that 77 percent of Americans support banning sex-selective abortion. Support among women was even higher at 80 percent.

The Susan B. Anthony List and its connected Political Action Committee, the SBA List Candidate Fund, are dedicated to electing candidates and pursuing policies that will reduce and ultimately end abortion.  To that end, the SBA List will emphasize the election, education, promotion, and mobilization of pro-life women. The SBA List is a network of over 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.

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