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House Shoots Down Ban on Sex-Selective Abortions

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Still, Members of Franks’ party voted against the bill. They were: Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Charles Bass (N.H.), Mary Bono Mack (Calif.), Robert Dold (Ill.), Richard Hanna (N.Y.), Nan Hayworth (N.Y.) and Ron Paul (Texas).

In the end, the measure also failed to gain the support of some Democrats who are against abortion.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur, for instance, said she thinks the bill is superfluous, as the Hyde Amendment already bans the use of certain federal funds for abortions.

“I found it unnecessary,” the Ohio Democrat said. “The Hyde Amendment is the governing law of the land, and it is sufficient. ... The government shouldn’t make decisions for any family regardless of what that decision is and it shouldn’t be involved in funding it unless the life of the mother is at stake, rape or incest.”

The Obama administration has stated its opposition to the bill, a White House spokesman told “ABC News” on Wednesday.

“The administration opposes gender discrimination in all forms, but the end result of this legislation would be to subject doctors to criminal prosecution if they fail to determine the motivations behind a very personal and private decision,” Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith said in a statement. “The government should not intrude in medical decisions or private family matters in this way.”

Females are often the targets of abortions based on gender, but the problem is most prevalent in countries such as India and China, where male children are considered more valuable and desirable.

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