Sex-Selective Abortion Bill Aimed at Asians

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The War on Women took on some racist overtones recently, with the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), a bill sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ). The bill, which aimed to ban sex-selective abortions, failed in the House, but it's still important to point out how the supporters tried to use xenophobia to gain support. Hyphen blogger Victoria Yue explains:

Strange. As an Asian American woman myself, I was not aware that there was this massive threat in the Asian American community towards unborn baby girls. While it’s true that the abortion rate is higher among Asian American women, there is no evidence that this is due to preferential sex selection.

In fact, there’s no evidence that this is true in China, either. Research shows abortions are highest among young and single women, and point to inadequate knowledge about contraception as a major factor in the 13 million abortions performed in China every year. Even Fox News attributed China’s rising abortion rates to new lax attitudes towards premarital sex, combined with lagging sex education and persistent social stigma towards single women with children.

But if you go by the language of the PRENDA Bill, we might as well be living in Foreign Stereotype World.


Rep. Trent Franks, Credit Image: © Jack Kurtz/ZUMApress.com

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