May 29, 2012


U.S. House of Representatives Votes
Wednesday, May 30, on Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (H.R. 3541)
-- Bill Would Place National Ban on Abortion as Sex-Selection Method




This is an urgent congressional alert from the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) in Washington, D.C.
National Right to Life is urgently requesting phone calls to the offices of members of the U.S. House of Representatives, to urge them to vote for a bill that would impose a nationwide criminal ban on the use of abortion as a method of sex selection, at any stage of pregnancy.
The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the bill, H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at about 7 PM Eastern Daylight Time.
The bill is being brought up under a fast-track procedure called "Suspension of the Rules," under which a two-thirds vote is required for passage.
Because this vote has been scheduled on short notice, the use of phone calls is strongly recommended.  If you send an email message to a lawmaker's office on this matter, it is quite like that nobody will read it or count it until after the vote is over.
Please click on any one of the "Take Action Now!" links in this alert.  This will take you to the National Right to Life Legislative Action Center.  After entering your zip code, you will be shown the correct phone number to call for the person who represents you in the U.S. House, and also suggested quick "talking points" to make during the call.
In a letter sent to House members today, National Right to Life said: "There are credible estimates that 160 million women and girls are missing from the world due to sex selection, and the figure may be even higher.  Writing in the Fall 2011 issue of The New Atlantis, political economist Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute observed, 'In terms of its sheer toll in human numbers, sex-selective abortion has assumed a scale tantamount to a global war against baby girls.'  Several academic papers have put forward evidence that the practice of sex-selection by abortion is also increasing in the United States, especially although not exclusively within communities of immigrants from Asia."
The NRLC letter also says:  "Of course, pro-life [House] Members will support this legislation.  But it is to be hoped that even many Members who deem themselves 'pro-choice' will recoil at the notion that 'freedom of choice' must include even the choice to abort a little unborn girl, merely because she is a girl.  Members who recently have embraced contrived political rhetoric asserting they are resisting a 'war on women' must reflect on whether they wish to be recorded as being defenders of the escalating war on baby girls."
To read the full NRLC letter, or to access other documentation on the issue of sex-selection abortion and the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, click on "Take Action Now!" and follow the links provided.