Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO), Chair of the House Suburban Caucus, released the following statement after she reintroduced the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), legislation that would ban discrimination against the unborn on the basis of sex.
“Sex-selection abortions overwhelmingly target girls, and PRENDA would make it a federal crime to perform a sex-selection abortion or force a woman to obtain one. Outrageously, the United States does not prohibit this horrifying practice, even though an estimated 117 million girls worldwide have lost their lives due to discriminatory abortions, infanticide, and other forms of sex-based violence. The fight for life has never been more important, and I will never stop fighting for the day when every infant is welcomed with the warmth and love they deserve.
Rep. Wagner recently went on NewsTalk STL to discuss this important legislation, and you can listen to that segment here.
Invisible Girl Project, All Girls Allowed, National Right to Life, Concerned Women for America, March for Life Action, Susan B. Anthony List, Eagle Forum, Campaign Life Missouri, Missouri Family Policy Council, Americans United for Life, Missouri Right to Life, Family Research Council, Alliance for Life, Students for Life, Live Action.
PRENDA would ban discrimination against the unborn on the basis of sex. A sex-selection abortion is an abortion undertaken to eliminate an unborn child based solely on their gender. Sex-selection abortion is an act of sex-based or gender-based violence, predicated on sex discrimination. Sex-selection abortions are not prohibited by U.S. law, and only seven states ban abortions for reason of sex selection at some point in pregnancy. Our children deserve better. This legislation would make it a federal crime to perform a sex-selection abortion or force a woman to obtain a sex-selection abortion. Women upon whom sex-selection abortions have been performed are given a private right of action to obtain damages, and cannot be criminalized.