Congressman Trent Franks Tackles Non-Existent Problem of Race/Gender-Based Abortions (Again)

Fagala-fearing Arizona Congressman Trent Franks has reintroduced legislation that would place a federal ban on race/gender-based abortions -- which would be fantastic news if either were actually a problem in the United States.

Franks today once again introduced his "Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act," which outlaws abortions based on the race or gender of the fetus -- which historically has been a problem in countries like China and India. In the United States, though: not so much (more on that below).

In a letter to Congressional colleagues, Franks writes the following:

"[T]he Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, or "PRENDA," ... restricts sex-selection abortion and race-selection abortion, and the coercion of a woman to obtain either. The woman seeking an abortion is exempted from prosecution, while abortion providers are held to account."

Arizona passed a similar bill banning abortions based on gender or race earlier this year. It was signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer in March , despite there being no evidence to suggest that these types of abortions are even happening. The intention of such bills, pro-choice advocates argue, is to further vilify women who seek abortions.

Planned Parenthood, which according to the pro-life publication Life News , performs nearly 30-percent of the abortions in the U.S. In other words, the organization knows a thing or two about ending a pregnancy -- and why people choose to do so.

Earlier this year, when the far-right-wingers in the Arizona Legislature were ironing out the details of the state's new race/gender-based abortion law, we spoke to Cyndi Cerf, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood, to see if there was any need for the new law.

"There is no indication that this is even an issue," she told New Times .

Cerf, rather, feels that the bill "is just to further damage the reputations of women who get an abortion."

Franks introduced a similar bill in 2009 -- it never got out of committee.

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