House Republicans have at long last identified a segment of a woman’s existence when they feel she deserves federal protection against discrimination: the six or so weeks between when the sex of a fetus can be determined and when it reaches the fetal viability mark past which abortion is limited in most states. Sorry, lady readers, your window for equal rights has already closed! Enjoy your pay gap. The House will vote this week on the “Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act,” a productive use of everyone’s time that promises to slap up to five years of prison time on doctors caught performing sex-selective abortions in a quest to improve upon the scary levels of “zero statistical evidence” that U.S. parents in general prefer male over female fetuses. Bonus: the Republicans get to call Democrats girl-baby eating monsters!
From The Hill:
Despite the changes in committee, Democrats argue that the bill looks to erect new hurdles to women’s right to abortion. The legislation looks to ensure there are no gender-based abortions by authorizing fines and prison terms of up to five years against doctors who perform these abortions, and requires health professionals to report suspected violations of the law.
“This legislation violates a woman’s right to privacy as affirmed by the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade,” Conyers said after the committee approved the legislation. “The bill would require doctors to police their patients, undermining patient-doctor privilege. It limits a woman’s right to choose and jeopardizes her access to safe, legal medical care.”
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said when he introduced the bill that his aim is to ensure equal rights for unborn children.
Well, it’s nice to see that the Republicans are finally growing comfortable with terms like “equal rights,” even if they are not yet comfortable applying them to actual existing humans.
Oh, and what’s this? Lila Rose, the self-righteous She-Ra to James O’Keefe’s inept He-Man, has made a nice little highly-edited EARTH-SHATTERING EXPOSE showing how one dim entry-level Planned Parenthood worker will say outrageous and stupid things when asked a single leading question about “how do I make sure I can get Medicaid to abort my female fetus” over and over:
It is an important piece of propaganda, if you are the sort of person who believes that every health care organization, business and government office with at least one inept and/or evil employee should be shut down immediately. That is a good way to fix things. Just like banning sex-selective abortions by law — just look at how well that has worked in India! [The Hill/Raw Story]