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Fri Apr 15, 2016, 11:47 AM

House Republicans push 'nightmare' abortion bill based on racial stereotypes

Source: The Guardian

House Republicans push 'nightmare' abortion bill based on racial stereotypes

Prenatal Discrimination Act seeks to make it illegal to have abortion based
on sex or race of fetus but advocates argue it is unconstitutional and
discriminatory


Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy
Friday 15 April 2016 12.30 BST

A bill to outlaw abortions based on sex or race that Democratic lawmakers and advocates have called a “nightmare” made its way to the US House of Representatives committee floor late on Thursday, where Republicans invoked Frederick Douglass, the Book of Matthew and Thomas Jefferson in arguing that abortions they believe to be discriminatory should be criminalized.

“It took the civil war to make the state-sanctioned practice of human slavery come to an end,” said Representative Trent Franks, the bill’s sponsor, at a House judiciary subcommittee hearing on Thursday. He said that while the US has “made great progress” in the advancement of civil rights and bringing an end to racial discrimination, “one glaring exception is life itself, the most foundational civil right of all”.

The Prenatal Discrimination Act (Prenda) seeks to make it illegal to have an abortion based on the sex or race of the fetus. But advocates argued the proposal would force physicians to report on patients they suspect of having an abortion for those reasons without having any real way of knowing. They warn it would also effectively institutionalize racial profiling on the part of doctors and violate the physician-patient relationship.

“This bill is so horrendous that I could not believe it when it was first brought up,” said Representative Judy Chu of California. “It is a nightmare. This is a piece of legislation that would impose criminal penalties on providers and limit the reproductive choices of women of color and all women.”

She said providers facing the possibility of jail time for failing to report on minority women having abortions as a catch-all, and worried that it could also further discourage physicians from serving underrepresented communities.

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Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/15/prenatal-discrimination-act-house-hearing-asian-stereotypes

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Fri Apr 15, 2016, 11:55 AM

1. I read this story.

And I got extremely angry. -- more so than usual when I read about right wing legislation. This may be both the most egregiously racist bill as well as the most anti-woman, pro-life bill ever introduced into Congress. This obviously will not become law, but all those that support this bill NEED to be voted out of office.

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Fri Apr 15, 2016, 12:07 PM

2. +10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

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