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Leading Civil-Rights, Faith, and Medical Groups Oppose PreNDA

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Anti-choice Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) is at it again.

He introduced a bill he calls the "Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act" (PreNDA), which the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on as early as today. Contrary to Rep. Franks' claim, this bill does nothing to end sex discrimination or gender disparity.

NARAL Pro-Choice America has long opposed reproductive coercion in any form--including societal pressures to have a child of a particular sex, but the Franks bill is a divisive, unworkable measure. PreNDA could subject a doctor to up to five years in prison for failing to determine if sex is a factor in a woman's decision to terminate a pregnancy. The bill also imposes the same criminal penalty on any person who accompanies a woman across state lines to seek such services.

In addition, the bill threatens any medical professional who does not report even a suspected case of sex-selection abortion with a one-year prison sentence, as well as the loss of federal funds for any facility in which a sex-selection abortion is provided.

Anti-choice politicians are exploiting the very real problems of sex discrimination and gender inequity to launch a sneak attack on a woman's right to choose. It's cynical and it's disgusting.

Already, more than 15,600 of our supporters have called on their representatives to oppose this bill--and the opposition is getting stronger.

Leading organizations in the civil-rights, faith, and medical communities are calling out this divisive attack.

This list includes the NAACP, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF). Take a look at the impressive lists and read what they have to say.

Medical organizations publicly opposing PreNDA include:

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Public Health Association
Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Medical Students for Choice
National Abortion Federation
National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians
National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association
Physicians for Reproductive Health and Choice
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Civil-rights organizations publicly opposing PreNDA include:

ACCESS Women's Health Justice
Advocates for Youth
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
AIDS United
API Chaya
Apna Ghar
Arizona South Asians for Safe Families
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Asian American Justice Center, Member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance- AFL CIO
Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice
Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership
Black Women's Health Imperative California
Black Women's Health Project California
Latinas for Reproductive Justice
California NOW
Center for American Progress Action Fund
Center for Genetics and Society
Center for HIV Law & Policy
Civil Liberties and Public Policy
Daya, Inc.
Forward Together
Generations Ahead
HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA)
Jahajee Sisters
Japanese American Citizens League
Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights (LCCR)
Legal Momentum
Maitri Manavi
National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles Section
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
National Health Law Program
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Partnership for Women & Families
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
National Women's Health Network
National Women's Law Center
Population & Development Program
Sakhi for South Asian Women
SisterSong NYC
South Asian Americans Leading Together
SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW - Atlanta, Georgia
TakeAction Minnesota
Trust Black Women
U.S. Positive Women's Network (PWN)
Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Diseases (WORLD)
Women's Media Center
Young Women United

Faith organizations publicly opposing PreNDA include:

Catholics for Choice
Concerned Clergy for Choice
Disciples for Choice
Disciples Justice Action Network
Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc.
Jewish Reconstructionist Federation
Jewish Women International
Justice and Witness Ministries, United Church of Christ
Methodist Federation for Social Action
Muslims for Progressive Values
National Council of Jewish Women
Presbyterian Voices for Justice
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Religious Institute
Union for Reform Judaism
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
Women of Reform Judaism
Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER)
Women's League for Conservative Judaism

Already, more than 15,600 Americans have called on their representative to vote against this divisive attack.

Add your name today!

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