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S. 48 The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act

Please call your Senator today and ask him/her to co-sponsor this bill.

S. 48, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), would prohibit sex selection abortions; penalize the use of force or the threat of force to coerce a woman to have an abortion based on the sex of the child she is carrying; solicit or accept funds for a sex selection abortion; and bar the transportation of a woman into the United States or across state lines for the purpose of obtaining a sex selection abortion.
This measure was also introduced in the previous Senate session (2013-2014) by Senator David Vitter (LA) as S. 138.

In 2012, a House version of the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act was brought to the House floor under “suspension of the rules,” a parliamentary tactic that requires a bill to receive a two-thirds vote to pass. The House bill, introduced by Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-8), received a majority vote (246-168), but not enough to meet the two-thirds requirement.

On April 14, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee held a hearing to consider the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2016.  See information for the House version of this bill (h4924).


The complete text of S. 48 may be found at


S. 48 was introduced by Senator David Vitter (LA). A list of the bill’s co-sponsors may be found at


1-7-15 S. 48 introduced in the Senate.

1-7-15 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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