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President Obama Opposes the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act for provision it does not include

by | May 31, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

We’ve posted a number of stories and alerts on the vote in the House on the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (H.R. 3541). This bill to ban sex-selection abortions is so important that NRL News Today will return to it again and again.

In one of the posts I mentioned that just like Planned Parenthood’s posture on the bill, we didn’t know President Obama’s position on legislation to stop killing babies because they are female until late. Guess what? These great “champions” of women opposed H.R. 3541.

Let me add to what I wrote about Obama’s variation of “I’m personally opposed but…” position on the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act. In response to a question first asked of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney by reporter Jake Tapper, White House deputy press secretary Jamie Smith said in a statement,

“The Administration opposes gender discrimination in all forms, but the end result of this legislation would be to subject doctors to criminal prosecution if they fail to determine the motivations behind a very personal and private decision.   The government should not intrude in medical decisions or private family matters in this way.”

So, does that mean that Obama would support a measure that “opposes gender discrimination” if doctors did not HAVE “to determine the motivations behind a very personal and private decision”? Have I got good news for the President. H.R. 3541 has NO SUCH REQUIREMENT!

The proposed law says in unambiguous language that “nothing in this Act shall be construed to require that a healthcare provider has an affirmative duty to inquire as to the motivation for the abortion, absent the healthcare provider having knowledge or information that the abortion is being sought based on the sex or gender of the child.”  It asserts penalties if the abortionist knowingly performs sex-selection abortions, but only if the abortionist actually has knowledge or information that the abortion is being sought for that reason.  For example, the woman might blurt out to the abortionist that her husband is compelling her to abort the unborn child because she is a girl.

Just guessing, but should the truth (which he probably already knows anyway) make its way into the inner sanctum of the White House, my strong suspicion is that Mr. Obama will find one-two-three–okay, limitless–phony excuses to oppose this lethal example of “gender discrimination.”

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