Utah Republican seeks to outlaw ‘sex-selective’ abortions

By Eric W. Dolan
Sunday, December 2, 2012 12:00 EDT
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A lone anti-abortion protester demonstrates outside the U.S. Supreme Court on May 14, 2001. Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Shutterstock.com.
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A state lawmaker in Utah hopes to prohibit abortions that are performed based on the race or gender of the fetus.

Utah state Sen. Margaret Dayton, a Republican, plans to introduce a bill titled “Gender Selection Abortion Prohibition,” according to the Deseret News. The legislation is still being drafted.

Planned Parenthood of Utah Executive Director Karrie said the legislation was a solution in search of a problem.

“I would suspect that the only reason one would be looking at this type of legislation is to do abortion legislation, not to solve a problem,” she told the Deseret News.

The U.S. House of Representatives rejected similar legislation earlier this year. The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) would have punished abortion doctors with up to five-years in prison if race or sex was a factor in a woman’s decision to terminate her pregnancy.

Critics of the legislation said it would encourage racial profiling by doctors. Sex-selective abortions are performed in parts in East and South Asia, where male babies are preferred over female.

Arizona, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania have all passed laws to prohibit sex-selective abortions.

[Abortion protester via Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Shutterstock]

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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