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