In August, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton highlighted sex-selection abortions as an abuse against women in India and China saying, “unfortunately with technology, parents are able to use sonograms to determine the sex of a baby, and to abort girl children simply because they’d rather have a boy.”
But sex-selection abortions are not a phenomenon foreign to the United States.
Oklahoma has taken an important step towards ending this abuse against women. With overwhelming bipartisan support the Oklahoma legislature passed a law banning sex-selection abortions that was signed by self-described “pro-choice” Governor Brad Henry in May.
The law contains an anonymous reporting provision to ensure abortion providers are in compliance. This provision has an added benefit for women – collecting accurate data on the reasons women are seeking abortions will enable Oklahoma to offer programs with the assistance women actually want and “reduce the need for abortion.”
The legislation seems to be exactly the kind of “common ground” we have been asked to seek. It aims to end gender discrimination at the earliest stage of life and will help develop meaningful alternatives to abortion for women.
However, the Center for Reproductive Rights has already launched an attack and obtained a temporary injunction against the law last week. They claim the law has “nothing to do with protecting the people of Oklahoma and everything to do with lawmakers who have political agendas trying to make it harder for women to get abortions and harder for doctors to provide them.”
The bipartisan support for the law, even from “pro-choice” lawmakers, disagrees with them.
By attacking this legislation the Center for Reproductive Rights proves they are out of the mainstream. They are not pro-women. They are only pro-abortion.