House to vote on sex-selection abortion ban

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Legislation coming up for a House vote would make it a federal crime to carry out an abortion based on the gender of the fetus. The measure takes aim at the aborting of female fetuses, a practice more common to countries such India and China where there is a strong preference for sons, but which is also thought to take place in this country.

The legislation would make it illegal to perform, solicit funds to perform or coerce a woman into a gender-selection abortion.

The mostly Republican supporters of the bill characterize the vote as a sex-discrimination issue at a time when Democrats are accusing Republicans of waging a war on women. Abortion rights advocates argue that the bill exploits a problem to further limit a woman's right to choose.

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