End Sex- Selection Abortion

What is Sex-Selection Abortion?

Sex-selection abortion is used to prevent the birth of a child of an undesired sex. Abortion is chosen solely based on the gender of the unborn child. The victims of these abortions are overwhelmingly female.

Multiple academic papers have put forward evidence that the practice of sex-selection by abortion is increasing in the United States, especially although not exclusively within communities of immigrants from Asia. For example, a study by researchers at the University of Connecticut, published in Prenatal Diagnosis in March 2011, concluded, “The male to female live birth sex ratio in the United States exceeded expected biological variation for third births to Chinese, Asian Indians and Koreans, strongly suggesting prenatal sex selection.”

Dr. Sunita Puri and three other researchers at the University of California interviewed “65 immigrant women in the United States who had pursued fetal sex selection.” They wrote, “We found that 40% of the women interviewed had terminated prior pregnancies with female fetuses and 89% of women carrying female fetuses in their current pregnancy pursued an abortion.”

Other indications that sex-selection abortion is increasing in the United States were explored during a Congressional public hearing held on December 6, 2011 on H.R. 3541, legislation to prohibit the practice of sex-selection abortion.

Wisconsin must reject the notion that it is acceptable to abort a little unborn girl, merely because she is a girl.

States With Sex Selection Bans

  • Arizona (2011)
  • Illinois (1975, Permanently Enjoined, Not in Effect)
  • Indiana (2015, Temporarily Enjoined)
  • Kansas (2013)
  • Louisiana (2015)
  • North Carolina (2013)
  • North Dakota (2013)
  • Oklahoma (2010)
  • Pennsylvania (1982)
  • South Dakota (2014)

Polling

A 2012 poll conducted by the Charlotte Lozier Institute found that out of 1,016 U.S. adults, 77 percent of respondents answered “yes” when asked, “When the fact that the developing baby is a girl is the sole reason for seeking an abortion, do you believe that abortion should be illegal?” Only 16 percent of all respondents said that abortion should be legal in this circumstance.