December 4, 2012 — Utah Sen. Margaret Dayton (R) is planning a bill that would prohibit abortions based on the sex of the fetus, the AP/U-T San Diego reports. Dayton is considering adding a ban on race-selective abortions to the bill as well (AP/U-T San Diego, 12/1).
Karrie Galloway, executive director of the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, said the bill is a "solution looking for a problem."
If enacted, the bill would make Utah the fourth state -- behind Arizona, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania -- to ban sex-selective abortion. In May, the U.S. House rejected a similar bill that would have banned sex-selective abortions and penalized health care providers who performed them.
Sex-selective abortion is most common in areas of the world where son preference is pervasive, including parts of China, India and Pakistan (Romboy, Deseret News, 11/30).
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