Outlaw Race / Gender Based Abortions: For Now

Hat Tip to Trent Franks, (AZ-R), from The Daily Caller from earlier this week:

Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks once again is pushing to outlaw abortions that are due to an unborn child’s race or sex, with legislation that would punish medical providers who perform abortions, or accept funding for abortions, based on those criteria.  According to Franks, a ban on these types of abortions is needed because minority babies are aborted at five times the rate of white babies and, based on a 2008 report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Census data shows that certain populations have ‘son-biased’ ratios due to “sex selection, most likely at the prenatal stages.

I know all of the explosive dynamics related to anything connected to abortion, but this should be something that all of us can find some common ground on,” Franks told The Daily Caller. “That is my hope.”

. . . The congressman makes no bones about the fact that he hopes that legislation like this will one day help lead to the end of all abortions.  He does, however, note that the idea of discrimination is something that people can rally around.

People will say I have a greater agenda — and they are right — I hope for a day when all children, regardless of race or color, all children because they are children will be protected,” he said.

But right now regardless of what the long term impact of this might be the short term impact is very simple: Can we not agree that aborting a child based on a child’s race or sex is wrong?

This is the proper character for a Catholic politician.

UPDATE:  Fox News has picked up on this issue and the new bill being introduced by Rep. Trent Franks

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