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Just when you think an organization couldn’t get any worse another layer is peeled back.  Live Action released another under cover video today which demonstrates that sex-selective abortions are alive and well in the United States.  The video below is the first in a series entitled “Gendercide: Sex-Selection in America.”  It exposes the practice of sex-selective abortion in the United States and how Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics facilitate the practice.

Live Action provided a partial transcript and description of the video:

“I see that you’re saying that you want to terminate if it’s a girl, so are you just wanting to continue the pregnancy in the meantime?” a counselor named “Rebecca” offers the woman, who is purportedly still in her first trimester and cannot be certain about the gender. “The abortion covers you up until 23 weeks,” explains Rebecca, “and usually at 5 months is usually (sic) when they detect, you know, whether or not it’s a boy or a girl.” Doctors agree that the later in term a doctor performs an abortion, the greater the risk of complications.

The Planned Parenthood staffer suggests that the woman get on Medicaid in order to pay for an ultrasound to determine the gender of her baby, even though she plans to use the knowledge for an elective abortion. She also tells the woman to “just continue and try again” for the desired gender after aborting a girl, and adds, “Good luck, and I hope that you do get your boy.”

Live Action reports that in the past four years six studies have indicated that there are thousands of “missing girls” in the United States, many due to sex-selective abortions.  China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Australia, the United Kingdom and Vietnam all have banned the practice.  The United States with the exception of Illinois, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Arizona does not.  This Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act (PRENDA) or H.R. 3541 sponsored by Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) is scheduled to be debated in Congress on Wednesday.  If it is passed it would ban sex-selective abortions nationally.

One would hope that this bill would receive bipartisan support, but you can rest assured that Planned Parenthood will fight for even this.  “The search-and-destroy targeting of baby girls through prenatal testing and abortion is a pandemic that is spreading across the globe,” notes Lila Rose, founder and president of Live Action. “Research proves that sex-selective abortion has now come to America. The abortion industry, led by Planned Parenthood, is a willing participant.  Planned Parenthood and their ruthless abortion-first mentality is the real ‘war on women.  Sex-selective abortion is gender discrimination with lethal consequences for little girls.”

“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.”

Susan B. Anthony List pointed out that opposition to this practice has transcended party 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.”

Even though President Obama has trumpeted abortion rights one would hope that if PRENDA passes the House and Senate that Obama would sign it into law.  A veto condones this evil practice.  The complete, unedited video and transcript can be viewed at www.ProtectOurGirls.com.

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