Sex- and race-based abortion ban picks up Democratic state Senate sponsor

By | 01.09.12 | 10:53 am

State Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando (Pic by Minority Office, via flsenate.gov)

State. Sen Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, has introduced the Senate version of a bill that outlaws sex- or race-based abortions.

Senate Bill 1702 and House Bill 1327, or the ”Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity for Life Act,” would make it a crime to have an abortion “that it is sought based on sex or race of child or race of parent of that child.”

A similar bill was first introduced and passed in the state of Arizona last year and was filed in the U.S. House by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., last month.

The bills have been impugned by reproductive rights advocates since they were first introduced a few years ago.

Loretta Ross, the president of SisterSong — a reproductive justice collective for women of color — has said there is no evidence that supports the need for such legislation. She believes these bills are a “blatant attempt for southern Republicans to look like they are champions of racial justice,” while they actually attacking women’s rights.

This type of bill has been the result of a concerted effort among anti-abortion activists to link abortion to racist aims. Groups have been touting the “black genocide” conspiracy in an effort to convince African-American communities to oppose abortion. In some cases, these arguments have taken root in the African-American community.

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