On a 246-168 vote, the House of Representatives failed to pass Rep. Trent Franks’ (R-AZ) bill to ban physicians from performing abortions based on a fetus’ sex. Republicans couldn’t garner a two-thirds majority, which was required to pass the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) under the House’s suspension of rules. Rather than addressing inequality, PRENDA would have exacerbated sex and race discrimination by targeting women of color from communities associated with sex selection whom doctors might suspect of wanting to have a prohibited abortion.
7 Republicans voted against the measure: Amash, Bass, Bono Mack, Dold, Hanna, Hayworth, Paul.
20 Democrats voted in favor of the sex-selective abortion bill.