H.R. 447 & S. 138 The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act
H.R. 447, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, would prohibit any abortion
performed because of the sex, race, or color of an unborn child or the race
of a parent. It would also bar the use of force or the threat of force to
intimidate a woman into having a sex-selection or race-selection abortion
and prohibit the solicitation or acceptance of funds for the performance of
a sex- or race-selection abortion. A woman receiving a sex- or
race-selection abortion could not be prosecuted under this measure.
The legislation would also declare sex- and race-selection abortions to be
in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It would set criminal
penalties and establish the right to bring civil actions against violators.
S. 138 is the Senate version of the bill.
The complete text of H.R. 447 may be found at
The complete text of S. 138 may be found at
H.R. 447 was introduced by Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-8) and has 118
co-sponsors. A list of the co-sponsors may be found at
S. 138 was introduced by Senator David Vitter (LA) and has 15 co-sponsors. A
list of the co-sponsors may be found at
2-1-13 H.R. 447 was introduced in the House and referred to the Judiciary
2-28-13 H.R. 447 was referred to the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on
the Constitution and Civil Justice.
1-24-13 S. 138 was introduced in the Senate and referred to the Committee on