The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will take up a vote Tuesday to decide whether to formally oppose bans (in other words, banning bans) on sex-selective abortions. This is in response to eight states that have banned the practice.
David Chiu (D), President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, introduced a resolution last week that would make San Francisco the first city in the United States to formally oppose bans on abortions based on the sex of the child. He and fellow Asian-American activists fear this encourages racial profiling and other refusals of services, according to The Huffington Post,
“The rhetoric used by legislators advocating these measures is perpetuating racial stereotypes, is deeply offensive and can lead to the denial of healthcare services to women…No woman should even be scrutinized by her doctor based on her racial or ethnic background, but this is exactly what a sex-selective abortion ban encourages.”
Eight states have banned the practice. Chiu’s proposed resolution comes following a Republican-sponsored attempt in California to pass a ban, the “Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act,” that did not clear committee earlier this year.
Chiu told Debra Saunders of The San Francisco Chronicle last week that:
“There is no evidence that sex-selective abortions are happening in the United States. The legislative bans are based on racial stereotypes. We shouldn’t be passing laws that could potentially cause doctors to not provide care or consider turning women in to authorities for these laws.”
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who emphasized to Saunders that he is staunchly pro-choice, was baffled by Chiu’s actions. “I’ve never had any education from Supervisor Chiu about what he’s doing here,” Lee said.
“I don’t understand what he’s trying to solve.”
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