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House Vote on Sex-Selection Bill Was Dangerously Close, Women’s Leader Says, Urging End to Attacks on Reproductive Care
Congress Should Look for Real Solutions to Discrimination, Says Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families
Washington, D.C. — May 31, 2012 —
"Today, a minority in the House of Representatives managed to block passage of shameful legislation that would have criminalized abortion on the basis of sex. This bill had nothing whatsoever to do with stopping discrimination or improving women’s health, but instead was about advancing a radical anti-choice agenda. It was a thinly veiled attempt to make it more difficult for women to seek abortion care and imprison doctors who provide that care. It is frightening that 246 members voted for this bill; every representative who voted ‘yes’ should examine his or her conscience, attitudes toward women, and priorities.
Gender discrimination is a real problem in the United States — but making essential health care less accessible is not a solution to that problem, which is why most leading women’s and civil rights organizations lined up against this bill.
Instead of attempting to turn back the clock on women’s health care, Congress should focus on legislation that would make a real difference in the lives of women by: addressing discrimination against pregnant and nursing mothers in the workplace; providing sufficient funding for comprehensive, evidence-based sex education; expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act; passing the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Healthy Families Act; and advancing real remedies to gender discrimination that are pending in Congress."
The National Partnership is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting access to quality health care, fairness in the workplace, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.