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Kansas Attempt to Outlaw Sex Selection Abortion


Sex selection abortions are a form of eugenics, e.g., they are performed because the gestating fetus is of the wrong “kind.” India, China are in the midst of a demographic crisis because of sex selection and Canada has a problem too. Now, Kansas State Senator Mary Pilcher Cook–a friend and a force of nature–has a bill moving through the KS Senate that would outlaw sex selection abortion.  From SB 141:

Section 1. (a) No person shall perform an abortion with knowledge that the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion solely on account of the sex of the unborn child.

For a change, a father would have some rights in this issue, via civil remedies:

(b) (1) A woman upon whom an abortion is performed or induced, or upon  whom  there  is  an  attempt  to  perform  or  induce  an  abortion,  in violation of this section, the father, if married to the woman at the time of the abortion, and the parents or custodial guardian of the woman, if the woman has not attained the age of 18 years at the time of the abortion, may in a civil action obtain appropriate relief, unless, in a case where the plaintiff is not the woman upon whom the abortion was performed, the pregnancy resulted from the plaintiff’s criminal conduct.

The woman couldn’t be charged criminally, but the abortionist could:

Upon a first conviction of a violation of this section, a person shall  be guilty of a class  A person misdemeanor.  Upon a second  or subsequent conviction of a violation of this section, a person shall be guilty of a severity level 10, person felony.

Anti sex selection abortion laws proclaim that eugenic attitudes are wrong. I wish this bill well.


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