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The "Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act," would have subjected doctors to a five-year prison term if they performed abortions intended to select gender. Medical and mental health professionals also would have had to report suspected violations to authorities or face a one-year sentence ...
White House deputy press secretary Jamie Smith told [ABC's Jake Tapper] in a statement: “The Administration opposes gender discrimination in all forms, but the end result of this legislation would be to subject doctors to criminal prosecution if they fail to determine the motivations behind a very personal and private decision. The government should not intrude in medical decisions or private family matters in this way.” ...
Republicans, also jockeying for the women's vote in November elections, argued that the "real war against women" is in an increasing number of abortions of female fetuses due to preferences for boys among some ethnic groups.
"Simply put, what this bill does is give baby girls the same chance at life as baby boys," said Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn during Wednesday's debate on the House floor. "A vote against ending sex-selection abortion is a vote in favor of gender bias and female gendercide."
The Administration opposes gender discrimination in all forms, but the end result of this legislation would be to subject doctors to criminal prosecution if they fail to determine the motivations behind a very personal and private decision. The government should not intrude in medical decisions or private family matters in this way.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday rejected Republican legislation banning abortions based on the sex of the fetus in a vote that keeps the election-year spotlight on an emotionally charged issue.
Originally posted by 00nunya00
What a grotesquely tacky edit job you did there for the title of this thread.
Originally posted by OutKast Searcher
..it was the REPUBLICANS that killed this bill...not Obama.
It was Obama with the help of some republicans.
Hey .. either all abortions are legal or none are. Why aren't you PROUD that he defended it?
Afterall .. it should be a womans right to choose to kill her unborn kid based on gender just as much as
it should be a womans right to choose to kill her unborn kid for any other reason.
The reason is none of our business right? So you should be PROUD of Obama.
So why are you pawning this off and not saying 'kudos' to Obama? hmmmm?
Originally posted by beezzer
All I have to say on the subject.
Originally posted by FlyersFan
He defended sex selection abortions from the Republicans who wanted it outlawed. It's just the ugly truth of it.
The Administration opposes gender discrimination in all forms
Democrats in the House of Representatives have voted down a bill that would ban sex selective abortions after two videos surfaced this week showing Planned Parenthood employees advising women about how to abort their child should it be a girl instead of a boy.
The legislation needed a two-thirds vote and Democrats voted overwhelmingly against the legislation after President Barack Obama and Planned Parenthood came out in opposition.
With a 246-168 vote, the bill did not obtain the two-thirds majority necessary to pass. Republicans voted for the bill on a 226-7 margin while Democrats opposed banning sex-selection abortions on 161-20 vote margin.