In a letter Wednesday, Americans United for Life (AUL) urged House members to “stop a real war on women — sex selection abortions” by supporting the legislation from Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.).
A Republican echoed that line on the House floor.
“This is the ultimate war on women, Mr. Speaker,” Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (N.Y.) said of sex-selective abortion.
“There can be no rights for women if we do not allow them the right to life.”
An AUL spokeswoman said the message aims to take back rhetorical ground that has been occupied by Democrats and abortion-rights groups.
“What we’re trying to do is hold the left accountable for its own rhetoric,” Kristi Hamrick told The Hill.
“The ‘war-on-women’ language begs the question: in a war, who is dying? Sex-selective abortion kills unborn women.”
AUL’s president took the point a step further in the group’s letter to lawmakers.
“There is nothing pro-woman about killing a baby girl because she is female and putting her mother’s health and safety at risk in the process,” wrote Charmaine Yoest.