House Rejects Bill Banning Sex-Based Abortions

Law360, New York (May 31, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday rejected a proposed bill that would have penalized providers of abortions performed based on the sex of a fetus.

Although the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, H.R. 3541, received 246 yea votes to 168 nays, it needed a two-thirds majority to pass because it was voted on during a suspension of rules, which expedited the debate but required a greater majority to pass.

The bill would have made it a federal offense to perform or accept funds for an abortion with...
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