Washington: US lawmakers have introduced a new legislation in the House of Representatives to ban sex-selective abortion as they blamed Asian immigrants, especially from India and China, for the rise in female feticide in the country.Under the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), introduced in House of Representative, by Congressman Trent Franks, a doctor who performed an abortion could face up to five-years in prison if race or sex was a factor in the woman`s decision to terminate her pregnancy.Asian Americans have alleged that such a move would encourage racial profiling in the US.Medical professionals who failed to report a suspected sex or race-based abortion to law enforcement would face up to a one-year prison sentence as well."... A number of academic papers have now published evidence that the practice of sex-selection abortion is demonstrably increasing here in the United States, especially, but not exclusively, in the Asian immigrant community," Franks said on the floor of the House."A study by researchers at the University of Connecticut, which was published in Prenatal Diagnosis, found that the male-to-female live birth sex ratio in the United States for Chinese, Asian Indians, and Koreans clearly exceeded biological variation for third births and beyond. Mr Speaker, deliberate prenatal sex selection is the only plausible explanation," he said."Dr Sunita Puri and three other researchers at the University of California interviewed 65 immigrant Indian women in the United States who had sought or were seeking sex-selection abortion. They found that 40 per cent of the women interviewed had deliberately aborted unborn baby girls previously and that nearly 90 percent of the women who were currently carrying unborn baby girls were also currently seeking to abort them," Franks said."For most of us, Mr Speaker, `it’s a girl` is cause for enormous joy, happiness, and celebration. But in many countries, including our own, it can be a death sentence. Today, the three most dangerous words in China and India are `it`s a girl`. We can’t let that happen here," he said."By now most people know that the killing of baby girls by abortion or at birth is pervasive in China due to the One Child policy and a preference for sons. China and India are missing tens of millions of daughters," Franks said.
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