Gene Veith at Cranach offers a post about the defeat of a bill to ban abortion for the purpose of sex-selection in the House of Representatives. Opponents of the bill objected that because gender-selection abortions are common in Asia, lawmakers who favored the bill are racist against Asian-Americans.
In an opinion piece on the Washington Post website, columnist Dana Milbank offers a piece of brilliant thinking: “It’s not entirely clear there is a problem. Sex-selection abortion is a huge tragedy in parts of Asia, but to the extent it’s happening in this country, it’s mostly among Asian immigrants.”
How can sex-selection abortion be a “huge tragedy” in parts of Asia where traditional culture supports the practice of aborting or killing baby girls? And if it is a tragedy in Asia, why isn’t it just as tragic here? Because fewer sex-selection abortions are performed in the US? How many baby girls must be aborted because of their gender before it constitutes a tragedy?
Veith also notes that Republicans adopted a procedural move on the bill that required a two-thirds vote to pass it. That ought to settle, once and for all, the question of whether the GOP has any heart for the unborn. If a legislative caucus can’t oppose aborting babies because of gender, let’s drop any pretense that a “pro-life” plank in the GOP platform is anything but a meaningless sop to persuade evangelicals to vote Republican.