Gendercide – Countries such as China and India typically come to mind when we hear this word. But what about the United States, where women have increasingly risen up the social ladder to equal men? Unfortunately, gendercide does affect the U.S. A new undercover video released this week by Live Action, an anti-abortion group, revealed that gendercide does in fact exist right here in our medical clinics. The video exposes a Texas Planned Parenthood employee advocating gendercide, even telling the patient how to fraudulently receive Medicaid benefits during pregnancy.
Congress is taking action on the matter this week, with the U.S. House of Representatives voting today on H.R. 3541, more commonly known as the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA). If the bill passes, it will be illegal to coerce, fund, or transport a pregnant woman to have an abortion in this manner, criminalizing actions like those of the Planned Parenthood employee in the leaked video. A concern surrounding these types of abortions is the length of the pregnancy – gender often cannot be determined until the 4th or 5th month, when the child’s vital organs have started to develop.
These types of issues with particular services of Planned Parenthood have extended to North Carolina, where lawmakers have proposed budget cuts to agencies of this type. Planned Parenthood claims that North Carolina is targeting the agency by withholding money - $343,000 to be exact. Last Thursday, a House budget committee approved the plan banning DHHS from providing family planning and pregnancy prevention funds to private organizations; if this provision of the budget remains intact, funds will stay within local health departments to address such issues.