Why are sex & race selective abortion bans harmful?


What are sex-selective and race-selective abortion bans?

Sex- and race-selective abortion bans make it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion when they suspect their patient is seeking an abortion due to a preference for the sex and/or race of the fetus. They also require nurses or doctors to report a patient to law enforcement, even in cases where they are only suspicious about the motives. If a doctor or nurse violates the law, they can face jail time, fines, and even lawsuits from a patient’s family.

Why are sex-selective abortion bans harmful to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community?

While the bill is cloaked in the language of civil rights for women, this bill is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Rather than lifting the status of women, this bill is nothing more than another hypocritical attempt to ban abortions in this country – this time using Asian women as the excuse.

Sex- and race-selective abortion bans are fueled by racist stereotypes. Supporters of sex-selective abortion bans claim they are necessary because of Asians who migrate to the U.S. and bring “backward” values with them. This stereotype about the values of the AAPI community is not only ugly—it’s dangerous. These bans could lead to AAPI patients being singled out for special questioning and even being denied care.

When They’re Introduced on the Federal Level

Over the years, we’ve unfortunately seen sex- and race-selective abortion bans federally, often deceivingly referred to as the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, or PRENDA).

>> Tell Congress that we do not want the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2017!

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When They’re Introduced on the State Level

We’ve also seen sex-selective abortion bans introduced at alarming rates at the state level. In 2017 alone, sex- and race-selective abortion bans have been introduced in Oregon, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Rhode Island, Massachusetts.

>> Learn about our 2017 work tackling these bills when they crop up in state legislatures!


>> Check out our past work fighting sex-selective abortion bans on a state level.

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