May 30, 2012
This afternoon on the House floor, debate was lively regarding HR 3541, the "Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act" (PRENDA).
A number of women spoke out in support of the bill. "A vote against PRENDA is a vote for gendercide," said Rep. Marsha Blackburn, TN. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, NY, said that "Sex selection abortion is the ultimate war on women"...and "if we don't allow women the right to be born, they are denied all other rights." Rep. Sandy Adams, FL, also spoke favorably towards the bill.
Interestingly, while the Democrats dropped their favorite rhetorical phrase "War on Women" (or, in the case of Rep. Hank Johnson, GA "WOW") with some frequency during the debate, only one Democratic congresswoman was willing to go on the record and speak up in opposition to the bill, Rep. Barbara Lee, CA.
Rep. Cliff Stearns, FL, clearly shocked that people would not support the bill, spoke about the serious nature of voting against sex selection abortion, regardless of political affiliation.
A vote is scheduled for tomorrow.