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Race- and Sex-Selection Abortion Bans

A False Solution to the Real Problems of Racism and Sexism

Race- and sex-selection abortion bans co-opt civil-rights language and use it to attack reproductive rights. These bills criminalize a doctor for providing abortion care if he or she fails to determine whether the race or sex of the pregnancy is a factor in the woman’s decision; the Franks bill carries a five-year prison term for doctors. While proponents of these measures attempt to wrap their anti-choice agenda in civil-rights rhetoric, it is clear that this legislation’s true intent is to punish doctors and chip away at a woman’s right to choose.

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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