- Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005) or
- Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004) or
- Voted NO on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003) or
- Voted YES on funding for health providers who don’t provide abortion info. (Sep 2002) or
- Voted NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001) or
- Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999).
- (B) United States law prohibits the dissimilar treatment of males and females who are similarly situated and prohibits sex discrimination in various contexts, including the provision of employment, education, housing, health insurance coverage, and athletics.) …. (C) A `race-selection abortion' is an abortion performed for purposes of eliminating an unborn child because the child or a parent of the child is of an undesired race. Race-selection abortion is barbaric, and described by civil rights advocates as an act of race-based violence, predicated on race discrimination. By definition, race-selection abortions do not implicate the health of mother of the unborn, but instead are elective procedures motivated by race bias.
Third, it claims that few states outlaw sex or race selection abortions. But that's a red herring. The real problem is many states which used to outlaw abortion no longer do. Our 2003 legislature in Texas (Republican controlled house) specifically voted to exclude abortions for profit from capitol murder by adding Sect 19.06 to the Penal Code.
That would have been the place to get a good pro-life bill with some teeth. Instead "pro-life" Republicans changed the law to specifically exclude doctors who are performing a “medical procedure for profit where the death of the baby is the intended result “ from prosecution for capital murder. A lot of so-called “pro life” people voted for that bill (HB246). Until we fix state law, violating the Constitution only undermines our Republic without stopping abortion.
The biggest problem with the bill, legally speaking, is that it tries to criminalize thoughts – like hate crime legislation. It should criminalize abortion (but even that still runs afoul of #2). It is a meaningless bill that would do absolutely nothing to reduce abortions even if it were passed. Abortion providers would simply tell people who wanted an abortion because of the baby's gender to "pick another reason." This bill only exists to allow political actors to energize their base by voting for or against an abortion bill.
On the other hand, if pro-lifers really wanted to do something to stop abortion, it would be very easy for our super majority republican legislature to outlaw abortion – just repeal section 19.06 of the Texas Penal code which was added in 2003.
My question is, "Why, if we have so many pro life people in our legislature, aren’t they voting to do so?" If Ron Paul were in the TX house, I suspect, based on his record in Congress, that he would be submitting a bill every session to do just this, whether it went anywhere or not. This is not to say that Ron Paul hasn’t made some bad votes. I know of two very bad votes this session and there may be others. But I don’t think this is one of them.