CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Republican Congressman Steve Chabot of Westwood is one of the co-sponsors of the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act and wants the discrimination against the unborn to stop.
The bill would prevent doctors and clinics from performing abortions if they are aware that the mother wants it because of the child's race or gender.
"Some things are just wrong and I think, you know, finding out that you're carrying a little girl and deciding to destroy that child just because it is a little girl and not a boy is just wrong," said Chabot, who co-sponsored the bill that banned partial-birth abortions that became law in 2003. Now he's targeting sex-selection abortions and those dealing with race.
"It comes to a point now where about half of African American babies that are conceived are now terminated by abortion. So this number is just phenomenal," said Chabot, who believes Planned Parenthood clinics are springing up in lower income and minority neighborhoods across the country.
On the other side of the issue, Planned Parenthood cites a study done by the Guttmacher Institute which shows "fewer than one in ten abortion clinics are located in predominantly African-American neighborhoods." In fact, Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio says, "Greater access to family planning services is needed to prevent unintended pregnancy and abortion."
Chabot says the mother is not always to blame and pro-choice could mean someone else is making the decision for her.
"A lot of the problem with this has been a cultural thing. A lot of these women are not really making the choice themselves, its being made by somebody else and they're being forced into it," said Chabot.