Congressional Democrats need to make up their minds. Are they opposed to discrimination against women or are they in favor of it? Because House Republicans are getting some real mixed signals over here.
First they were opposed to Republican efforts to reduce women's access to abortion options while limiting their ability to use birth control, and now they won't get behind a GOP plan to stop prenatal sexual discrimination. What gives?!
The House on Thursday rejected a Republican bill that would impose fines and prison terms on doctors who perform abortions for the sole purpose of controlling the gender of the child, a practice known as sex-selective abortion.
The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), H.R. 3541, was defeated in a 246-168 vote. While that's a clear majority of the House, Republicans called up the bill under a suspension of House rules, which limits debate and requires a two-thirds majority vote to pass. In this case, it would have required more support from Democrats.
Twenty Democrats voted for the bill, while seven Republicans opposed it. The bill would have needed 30 more yeas to pass.
Look, this is a serious problem that probably happens all the time, probably. Okay, maybe we don't have the numbers to back that up, but we have something better than numbers. Strong suspicions. And sure this would make it that much more difficult for women to get abortions. That's totally a coincidence.
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