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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

11-H3541 on Dec 1, 2011

Bill Sponsorship: PRENDA: Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act
Source: H.R.3541
Congressional Summary: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011: Imposes criminal penalties on anyone who knowingly or knowingly attempts to:
  1. perform an abortion that is sought based on the sex, gender, color or race of the child, or the race of a parent;
  2. use the threat of force to intimidate any person for the purpose of coercing a sex-selection or race-selection abortion;
  3. solicit or accept funds for the performance of such an abortion; or
  4. transport a woman across a state line for the purpose of obtaining such an abortion.
Deems a violation of this Act to be prohibited discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (Violators lose federal funding.)

Sponsor's Letter (Rep. Trent Franks):PRENDA restricts sex-selection abortion and race-selection abortion, and the coercion of a woman to obtain either. The woman seeking an abortion is exempted from prosecution, while abortion providers are held to account.

Opponents' Opinion (Erin Gloria Ryan on jezebel.com):Rep. Franks, a white man, has claimed that his desire to disallow "race-selective abortions" is based on his concern that the black community is having so many abortions. He doesn't say how, exactly, doctors are supposed to determine that a black woman seeking an abortion is doing so because her fetus would be black or whether she's just doing it because she doesn't want to be pregnant. Let's be honest here: this isn't really about saving girls and minorities; it's about eventually making abortion illegal. A sex-selection ban would present the Supreme Court with a dilemma: it dares the pro-abortion justices to embrace an abortion right to kill girls for being girls.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Question 1: Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Abortion
  • Headline: Sponsored banning abortions for sex selection or race selection (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Ban abortions for sex selection or race selection (Score: -2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 11-H3541

Dan Boren s2oOklahoma Democratic Governor Challenger 
Ralph Moody Hall s2oTexas Democrat 
Dan Lipinski s2oIllinois Democrat 
Collin Peterson s2oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 



Republicans participating in 11-H3541

Todd Akin s2oMissouri Republican (Senate run 2012) 
Rodney Alexander s2oLouisiana Republican 
Michele Bachmann s2oMinnesota Republican 
Roscoe Bartlett s2oMaryland Republican 
Rob Bishop s2oUtah Republican 
Diane Black s2oTennessee Republican 
Marsha Blackburn s2oTennessee Republican 
Charles Boustany s2oLouisiana Republican 
Kevin Brady s2oTexas Republican 
Paul Broun s2oGA Republican Challenger 
Dan Burton s2oIndiana Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Quico Canseco s2oTexas Republican 
John Carter s2oTexas Republican 
Steve Chabot s2oOhio Republican 
Tom Cole s2oOklahoma Republican 
Mike Conaway s2oTexas Republican 
Chip Cravaack s2oMinnesota Republican 
Rick Crawford s2oArkansas Republican 
Sean Duffy s2oWisconsin Republican 
Jeff Duncan s2oSouth Carolina Republican 
Jimmy Duncan s2oTennessee Republican 
Renee Ellmers s2oNorth Carolina Republican 
Blake Farenthold s2oTexas Republican 
John Fleming s2oLouisiana Republican 
Randy Forbes s2oVirginia Republican 
Jeff Fortenberry s2oNebraska Republican 
Trent Franks s1pArizona Republican 
Scott Garrett s2oNew Jersey Republican 
Louie Gohmert s2oTexas Republican 
Trey Gowdy s2oSouth Carolina Republican 
Tom Graves s2oGeorgia Republican 
Andy Harris s2oMaryland Republican 
Wally Herger s2oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Tim Huelskamp s2oKansas Republican 
Bill Huizenga s2oMichigan Republican 
Randy Hultgren s2oIllinois Republican 
Bill Johnson s2oOhio Republican 
Sam Johnson s2oTexas Republican 
Walter Beaman Jones s2oNorth Carolina Republican 
Jim Jordan s2oOhio Republican 
Mike Kelly s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Steve King s2oIowa Republican 
Jack Kingston s2oGA Republican Challenger 
Adam Kinzinger s2oIllinois Republican 
James Lankford s2oOklahoma Republican 
Bob Latta s2oOhio Republican 
Blaine Luetkemeyer s2oMissouri Republican 
Cynthia Lummis s2oWyoming Republican 
Donald Manzullo s2oIllinois Republican (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Kenny Marchant s2oTexas Republican 
Michael McCaul s2oTexas Republican 
Thad McCotter s2oMichigan Republican 
Patrick McHenry s2oNorth Carolina Republican 
Jeff Miller s2oFlorida Republican 
Randy Neugebauer s2oTexas Republican 
Alan Nunnelee s2oMississippi Republican 
Mike Pence s2oIN Republican Governor 
Ted Poe s2oTexas Republican 
Bill Posey s2oFlorida Republican 
Martha Roby s2oAlabama Republican 
Phil Roe s2oTennessee Republican 
Todd Rokita s2oIndiana Republican 
Dennis Ross s2oFlorida Republican 
Steve Scalise s2oLA Republican challenger 
Jean Schmidt s2oOhio Republican (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Austin Scott s2oGeorgia Republican 
Christopher Smith s2oNew Jersey Republican 
Lamar Smith s2oTexas Republican 
Marlin Stutzman s2oIndiana Republican 
Tim Walberg s2oMichigan Republican 
Lynn Westmoreland s2oGeorgia Republican 
Joe Wilson s2oSouth Carolina Republican 
Kevin Yoder s2oKansas Republican 



Independents participating in 11-H3541



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 4
Republicans: 73
Independents: 0


















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