Kansas hears expert testify for sex-selection abortion ban

By  Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director
Kansans for Life

Steven Mosher (left) and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback

Steven Mosher (left) and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback

The Kansas Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee heard testimony Monday on Senate Bill 141, an act to save our littlest children from violent gender discrimination through sex-selection abortion.

A 2006 Zogby International Poll, surveying over thirty thousand adults, showed 86% public support for enacting such a ban.

The lead off testimony came from Steven Mosher, President of the Population Research Institute and an internationally recognized authority on demographics and sex-selection abortion.

“What we are concerned with here is more than job or pay discrimination,” said Mosher. Sex selection abortion “is discrimination that kills,” he said. Mosher added,  “Men and women here are fundamentally equal and simply being the ‘wrong’ gender is not grounds for being eliminated.”

Kansans for Life’s testimony cited a history of journal articles and studies that show sex selection abortion was a concern within two years of Roe v. Wade.  We testified that the issue of “choosing” gender is aggravated by the growth in ‘noninvasive’ prenatal testing (using sampling of the mother’s blood or urine) that are directly marketed to parents.

Also noted to the committee was the 2008 National Academy of Science report analyzing “son preference” that found “evidence of sex selection, most likely at the prenatal stage” and likely to be “more widely practiced in the near future.”  An undercover video “sting” showing alleged sex-selection abortion being abetted at an abortion clinic was shown to the committee.

No conferees spoke against the bill, although N.O.W. lobbyists were in the audience. The abortion lobby says “they are focused on other measures,” but the truth is they really are stuck messaging this issue.  Abortion used as gender discrimination undermines their argument that the so-called “reproductive rights” movement exists to prevent discrimination against women.

The language of SB 141 was part of the Pro-Life Protections Act of 2012 which passed the House 88-31, but died in the Senate.  This year, as a stand alone bill, it has 21 Senate co-sponsors.