"A civil society does not discriminate against people – born and unborn – for their sex or for disability. We should be celebrating diversity, not destroying it," said AUL's Dr. Charmaine Yoest
March 15, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr.
legislature for passing an historic, first-in-the-nation bill, based on AUL model legislation, that would ban sex-selection abortions AND abortions for genetic abnormalities. Governor
had pledged earlier to sign the bill into law, which would make
the fifth state to ban the sexist practice of ending a child's life based on its sex. Importantly,
would also be the first state to end the practice of destroying unborn life based on potential genetic abnormalities.
"A civil society does not discriminate against people – born and unborn – for their sex or for disability. We should be celebrating diversity, not destroying it,"
said Dr. Yoest. "Women in particular have been targeted for death in the womb, and we've also seen dramatic abortion rates for children with disabilities which put them at risk for extinction. The legislators in
have shown courageous humanity in passing this legislation."
Dakota House Bill
(HB) 1305, sponsored by Rep.
, serves essential public interests by prohibiting both sex-selection abortion and abortion for genetic abnormalities. Sex-selection abortion is gender-based violence generally targeted toward females. Likewise, abortion performed solely because of genetic abnormalities is discriminatory and devalues the lives of the disabled.
While federal and state laws protect women and the disabled from discrimination, the unborn are not similarly protected. HB 1305 cures this deficiency in the law and ensures protection for unborn children who are targeted for death solely because of their sex or genetic abnormalities. The other states that ban sex-selective abortions are
For more information on AUL's model legislation, released annually in
, click here:
SOURCE Americans United for Life