A U. S. House of Representatives committee has recently approved a bill that would prohibit abortions based on sex or race. The bill is called “The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act,” and reports say that it would “bar doctors and medical staff members from performing an abortion if they know the intent of the procedure is based on race or gender.”
Representative Trent Franks is the bill’s sponsor, and he gives his rationale for the bill saying,
As Americans, all of us know in our hearts that aborting a little baby because he or she happens to be the wrong color or because she is a little girl instead of a little boy is fundamentally wrong.
I think the vast majority of people would agree with Franks’ reasoning on this. In fact, a recent Zogby poll indicates that 86 percent of Americans favor making sex-selection abortions illegal. Who could possibly oppose such a measure? You guessed it. The feminists.
I suspect that there is very little chance of this bill passing both houses of Congress, much less that it would ever be signed by the President. That being said, it is appalling to read the feminists who are trying to defend abortions designed specifically to kill children of a certain gender or race. In an incredible twist of logic, Rachel Kwan of Ms. Magazine comments that preventing race-based abortions is racist. She writes,
Black and Asian/Pacific Islander women have consistently fought for the right to make their own decisions about if and when they will have children based on the support networks and resources that are available in their communities. This bill attempts to drive another wedge between women and their reproductive health practitioners. It will exacerbate many of the existing structural barriers that we women of color must overcome in order to access reproductive healthcare.
Did you get that? Kwan’s argument is that we must keep it legal for women to kill their unborn children based on race and gender or else it will make it harder for racial minorities to get abortions. With a straight face, this feminist argues that killing an unborn child because of the child’s race is not racism but seeking to protect that same child is racism.
If you don’t think there is an entrenched feminist orthodoxy underwriting abortion rights in our country, then you are not paying attention. Only a dogmatist of the first order would accept the validity of this argument.