FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2012
Contact: Mallory Quigley, 202-223-8073
Pro-life Leader Calls on Congress to Ban Sex-Selective Abortion
WASHINGTON, D.C. – New undercover footage released today shows abortion industry employees willing to perform abortions because the unborn child is female. The Susan B. Anthony List condemned the practice and encouraged Congress to ban it. Tomorrow, the House of Representatives is schedule to vote on Rep. Trent Franks’ (R-AZ) Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), H.R. 3541 a federal ban on sex-selective abortions.
The new video, the latest in a series of more than a dozen previous Live Action sting operations, was unveiled today by 23-year old Lila Rose and her investigative team. It shows abortion clinic workers employed by Planned Parenthood willing to perform abortions based on gender.
“Could there be any greater discrimination against women than targeting girls for death before birth?” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Regardless of one’s position on abortion—left, right, pro-life, pro-choice—we can agree that women’s constitutional right to equal protection should, at a minimum, protect us from prenatal death. We call on Congress to immediately end the injustice of sex-selective abortion. The position should be pre-political and is common ground from which only a radical minority dissents.”
Opposition to sex-selective abortion has long transcended ideological lines:
- In 1990, longtime abortion-rights advocate and then gubernatorial candidate Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said she opposed the practice and would consider outlawing it.
- In her book Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men, pro-choice writer Mara Hvistendahl states, “In a world in which women are unnaturally scarce, the right to abort will be the least of our worries.”
- In an interview with the New York Times, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lamented the occurrence of sex-selective abortion in India and China saying “…unfortunately, with technology, parents are able to use sonograms to determine the sex of a baby, and to abort girl children simply because they’d rather have a boy. And those are deeply set attitudes.”
In 1995, UN Fourth World Conference on Women set forth a platform that established “eradicating violence against the girl child” as an internationally recognized priority and included a call to “enact and enforce legislation protecting girls from all forms of violence, including female infanticide and prenatal sex selection.”
To date, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Arizona have all banned sex-selective abortion. Similar bans have been enacted in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, India, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.
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.