Bill to prohibit sex-selection abortions advances in House

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A proposal to ban abortions in Louisiana based on gender has sailed through the House health care committee.

Rep. Lenar Whitney, a Houma Republican, described her bill as helping to “protect the unborn of Louisiana” and prohibiting discrimination.

She cited reports of women in Asian nations having abortions when they find out they would deliver a girl. She said there are similar examples in the United States, though she didn’t list any.

Lawmakers added language to the bill that also would require the doctor performing an abortion to tell a woman the sex of the fetus if determinable.

The measure heads to the full House for consideration, after getting no objection Wednesday from the committee.

Abortion-rights organizations opposed Whitney’s bill, but didn’t testify against it.

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