AUSTIN - Representative Allen Fletcher [District 130] has filed House Bill 309 to prohibit sex-selective abortions.
In May of this year in Austin, Texas, we saw a video of a woman undercover in her first trimester purportedly seeking an abortion if her baby was female. The video shows the clinic counselor advising the patient on how to terminate her pregnancy if it was determined that the baby is a girl.
Currently there are four states with laws outlawing sex-selective abortions including Arizona, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Illinois.
U.S. Senator David Vitter [LA] and Congressman Trent Franks [AZ] authored legislation at the federal level named the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PreNDA). The bill was supported by a majority of the members, including a 24-8 vote among the Texas Congressional Delegation. Unfortunately, the bill needed a 2/3 majority vote to pass.
Representative Fletcher said "It's very sad to see innocent life end because that child was not the correct sex for the mother. The targeted victims of this horrifying practice are overwhelmingly female. Prenatal discrimination is unacceptable and I proudly stand by this important legislation."
You can check on bills filed by going to the website http://www.legis.state.tx.us.
Contact: Robert Papierz