Congress Looks at Selective Abortions

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WASHINGTON -- There's a ban on abortions that many Americans support.

It is the banning the practice of selective abortion based on race or gender.  A group of conservative lawmakers were scheduled to introduce the legislation Tuesday.

It is no secret selective abortions based on the sex of an unborn child are commonplace in countries like China, where many couples prefer male babies over females.

But some lawmakers believe it is also happening in the U.S.

On Tuesday, Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz, will reintroduce the prenatal nondiscrimination act. The proposed law would ban knowingly performing or soliciting funds for sex and race- selection abortions.

The funding piece of the bill is important, since last year it was revealed federally-funded clinics were agreeing to accept money from people who requested their donations be used to reduce the African American population.

It is estimated that 50 percent of African Americans conceived in the U.S are aborted, compared to an estimated 20 percent of white unborn children.

Frank's bill fizzled during the last Congress. But according to a 2006 Zogby poll, 87 percent of Americans want a law banning sex-selection abortions.

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