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.”
Franks introduced the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, or “PRENDA,” on Tuesday.
It is similar to legislation of the same name he pushed in the 111th Congress — then the bill was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary and the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties but never reached the floor for a full vote in the House. At the time the bipartisan bill had 49 co-sponsors.
PRENDA would exempt the would-be mother from prosecution, but make abortion providers liable should they perform or accept funding for abortions based on sex or race.
Franks explained that the genesis for PRENDA was a protest rally at a Washington, D.C. Planned Parenthood he attended several years — which was staged by Dr. Martin Luther King’s niece, pro-life advocate Alveda King and a number of African Americans who were upset about the high percentage of aborted African American babies.