The latest bit of ridiculous mendacity from the wingnuts in the House is the Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), a trojan horse bill that prohibits abortions undertaken on the basis of race or gender. At best it’s a solution in search of a problem; in reality, it’s just another attempt to undermine reproductive rights.
The bill contains a whole lot of boilerplate language about how terrible discrimination on the basis of race and gender is — amusing coming from those who only seem to care about it when it come to fetuses — but not a single shred of evidence that anyone is actually having an abortion because of the race or gender of the baby.
A `race-selection abortion’ is an abortion performed for purposes of eliminating an unborn child because the child or a parent of the child is of an undesired race. Race-selection abortion is barbaric, and described by civil rights advocates as an act of race-based violence, predicated on race discrimination. By definition, race-selection abortions do not implicate the health of mother of the unborn, but instead are elective procedures motivated by race bias.
Uh. Okay. But do you have any evidence that anyone has ever aborted a fetus because of its race? No? Then you really should STFU. They don’t even pretend to have evidence that anyone has ever done such a thing. They note that non-white women have abortions at about 5 times the rate of white women; even assuming that’s true, it does nothing to support the idea that anyone is aborting a fetus because of its race. Amusingly, the bill gives the woman who chooses an abortion the right to sue if the abortion was done for racial reasons:
(1) CIVIL ACTION BY WOMAN ON WHOM THE ABORTION IS PERFORMED- A woman upon whom an abortion has been performed or attempted in violation of subsection (a)(2), may in a civil action against any person who engaged in the violation obtain appropriate relief.
But women aren’t forced to have an abortion, they choose to do so. Do they really think that a minority woman is choosing to have an abortion because they don’t want a child that is their race? Do they think that a woman would have sex with someone of another race, then have an abortion just because the baby might be of mixed race? Of course they don’t. Because this bill has nothing to do with preventing racial or gender discrimination, it has only to do with trying to put another restriction on reproductive rights.
As for gender-based abortions, 95% of all abortions take place before the gender of the fetus is even known. And again, there isn’t a shred of evidence that anyone in this country has had an abortion on that basis.