Letter to Franks: Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2012
The Honorable Trent Franks
United States House of Representatives
2435 Rayburn Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Congressman Franks:
As the House is expected to soon vote on the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2012, or PRENDA (H.R. 3541), we write to reiterate the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s strong support for this important bill and to express our sincere appreciation to you for your leadership demonstrated by introducing the measure, which would prohibit abortion on the basis of sex.
As you well know, protecting the sanctity of every human life is a fundamental concern of the overwhelming majority of Southern Baptists. Ending an unborn human life through abortion is tragic. Yet when an abortion is tied to selective processes that discriminate based on gender—sometimes a result of coercing the mother—it becomes all the more deplorable.
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It is unconscionable that our nation has not already enacted a ban on this heinous practice. Appallingly, our government has called for laws against this crime in foreign lands but has yet to take any action at home. Congress has an obligation to cease its silent approval of these practices through its inaction.
As PRENDA notes in its findings, an overwhelming majority of the public agrees. According to a 2006 Zogby poll, 86 percent of Americans support a full ban on gender-based abortions. Regrettably, studies suggest that sex-selective abortion, once considered a practice isolated abroad, is happening here in the United States. Further, the prevalence of sex-selective abortion is evidenced by, for example, an exposé released by Live Action showing a staffer in a clinic of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, counseling a women on steps to carry out a sex-selective abortion. This barbarism must be addressed swiftly with the force of law.
Again, thank you for your commitment to end the scourge of sex-based abortions. We wholeheartedly support your efforts to stop these reprehensible acts and to bring justice to the abortion providers who engage in such practices. We hope your colleagues will likewise lend their full support to the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act. Please know that we will be informing Southern Baptists on how representatives vote on the measure.
Richard D. Land