Our colleague Meghan McCarthy reports ahead of a Thursday vote on a bill promoted by Republicans that prohibits women from getting abortions based on the sex of the fetus:
The measure is conveniently coordinated with a video released on Tuesday by anti-abortion group Live Action, which attempts to show a Planned Parenthood volunteer going along with a patient's plan to abort her pregnancy because the fetus was female. ...
The anti-abortion group [National Right to Life] sent a letter to House members on Tuesday saying it would count the vote in its annual abortion legislation scorecard.
"I wouldn't assume the opposition is going to be that strong," [legislative director Douglas] Johnson said in an interview. "I have yet to see a single legislative alert or scorecard warning from any of the major pro-abortion lobbies." ...
Abortion rights groups are opposing the legislation, but a bit more quietly than on other abortion votes. A fact sheet from the National Women's Law Center says it strongly opposes the legislation, calling it an "unconstitutional burden on a fundamental right." ... The National Abortion Rights Action League says the bill isn't as simple as it looks. "The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act could subject a doctor to up to five years in prison for failing to determine if sex is a factor in a woman's decision to terminate a pregnancy," the group said in a statement.
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