Bill Banning Gender Based Abortions Fails in House Vote

By Scott Sarvay

Bill Banning Gender Based Abortions Fails in House Vote

June 1, 2012 Updated Jun 1, 2012 at 8:55 AM EDT

Washington D.C. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Thursday U.S. House Representatives rejected a measure that would ban abortions based on the gender of the fetus.

The bill failed to get the two-thirds majority needed.

The act would have made it a federal crime for a doctor to perform abortions on women who are trying to select the gender of their baby, a practice known as sex-selective abortion.

According to the bill anyone who performed an abortion knowing it was based on the sex or gender of the child would be fined or jailed.

Sex based abortions are common in some Asian countries where families wanting sons will abort female fetuses.

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