GOP Senators Seek Ban on Sex-Selective Abortions

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Senate Republicans are floaing their version of a bill that would ban abortions based on the sex of the child.

The legislation is identical to a bill that was defeated in the House of Representatives two weeks ago, and has little chance of passing the Democrat-controlled Senate.

Sen. David Vitter, R- La., introduced the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA).

"It's flat-out morally wrong to assign different values to unborn babies' lives based on gender, but believe it or not, it happens," he said.

PRENDA would fine doctors and possibly send them to prison for up to five years if race or sex was a factor in the woman's decision to end her pregnancy.

The bill would also require medical practitioners to tell law enforcement if a patient asks for a sex-selective abortion.

The House also weighed in on the bill today, saying that "the government should not intrude in medical decisions or private family matters in this way."

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