By Dave Andrusko
Arkansas took an important first step this week to becoming the eighth state to ban abortions based solely on the sex of the baby. On Tuesday, the House voted 79-3 in favor of House Bill 1434, the Sex Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act.
The Associated Press reported, “The bottom line is it’s just the right thing to do to have this in the law,” Republican Rep. Charlie Collins told lawmakers before the vote.
The measure has now moved onto the state Senate.
The prohibition is already the law in Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Dakota, according to Ingrid Duran, NRLC’s Director of State Legislation.
HB 1434 reads in part
“A physician or other person shall not intentionally perform or attempt to perform an abortion with the knowledge that the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion solely on the basis of the sex of the unborn child…
The bill also noted that with sex-selective abortions, the aborted babies are “are overwhelmingly female” and that “The United States [already] prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in various areas including employment, education, athletics, and health insurance.”
Arkansas has been very busy, passing pro-life legislation, with more on the way. Most recently, NRL News Today reported on passage of the Arkansas Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. The law, which passed the Senate 25-6 and the House 78-10, bans the grotesque practice of dismemberment abortions.
In addition, Arkansas has passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; a law requiring a 48-hour period of reflection for abortion-minded women; a measure requiring abortionists to be in the same room as the pregnant woman when she receives chemical abortifacients (so-called webcam abortions are premised around just the opposite), to name just a few.