Philly Reps. Vote Against ‘Gendercide’ Bill
Yesterday, House Republicans brought a bill to the floor of U.S. Congress which would ban sex-selective abortions in the United States. The bill failed to gain a two-thirds majority, required when using the fast-track procedure enabled to bring it to a vote. All three Philadelphia Congresspeople—Reps. Brady, Fattah and Schwartz—voted against it.
The bill, which would have punished doctors who perform such procedures for those specific reasons, was written by Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona and partially based upon the outrage garnered by pro-life group Live Action’s undercover video of a Planned Parenthood employee saying they will not deny an abortion if a pregnant woman seeks to abort the fetus because it is a girl. This practice is often referred to as “gendercide.”
It received a large majority of House votes, including 20 Democrats. Republicans claim gendercide is a problem, especially amongst various immigrant groups.
As it happens, the three Philadelphia Representatives voting against the measure were the only Pennsylvania politicians, statewide, to vote that way. Several Democrats from other parts of the state voted for the bill.
“Philly Democrats Robert Brady, Chaka Fattah and Allyson Schwartz did not fail to show they are liberal through and through, even to the point of supporting genocide,” the American Family Association of Pennsylvania said in an issued statement after the vote. The Philadelphia Democrats did not issue statements after the vote. All have strong pro-choice records.
Republicans have promised future votes on bills like this one, though, according to Politico, that might not matter. The Democrat-controlled Senate would not have taken up this bill, even if it had passed yesterday, and President Obama has already declared his opposition.
Representative Diana DeGette, Democrat of Colorado, voted against the bill, even though she said she’s against sex-selective abortion. “I don’t know anyone who [supports it],” she said. “Maybe that’s because there is no problem in this country of abortion for gender selection.”
Critics believe the bill was a ploy by the GOP to appease the pro-life wing of their party in an election year. Others are saying this proves the Democrats are the real antagonists in the “war on women.” Writing at Breitbart, Dana Loesch noted, “The government can fight to mandate birth control pills but is helpless to stop the publicly-funded genocide of females.”
Oddly, as Media Matters has pointed out, the Live Action video in question left much of the candid camera video on the cutting room floor, including a moment where the Planned Parenthood employee asks Live Action’s undercover operative if she’s considered adoption and another in which the employee notes there are no specific doctors who specialize in sex-selection abortions, though they all understand “that it’s a woman’s choice to decide if she’s interested in adoption, if she’s interested in prenatal care, if she’s interested in terminating. And whatever somebody’s decision is for having an abortion is really her choice.”