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Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA)
Bill # H.R.147

Original Sponsor:
Trent Franks (R-AZ 8th)

Cosponsor Total: 65
(last sponsor added 07/13/2017)
  64 Republicans
  1 Democrats
About This Legislation:
H.R. 147, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (or PRENDA, pronounced PREN-dah), as introduced by Congressman Trent Franks (R-Az.), would apply federal criminal penalties to any person who does any of the following four things:  (1) performs an abortion knowing that such abortion is sought based on the sex or race of the child, or the race of a parent of the child; (2) uses force or the threat of force to intentionally injure or intimidate any person for the purpose of coercing a sex-selection or race-selection abortion; (3) solicits or accepts funds for the performance of a sex-selection or race-selection abortion; or (4) transports a woman into the United States or across a State line for the purpose of obtaining a sex-selection or race-selection abortion.  The bill also provides a civil cause of action for a woman on whom an abortion is performed, and certain relatives, if these prohibitions are violated.  The bill provides that a woman cannot be prosecuted or sued in connection with her own abortion.  National Right to Life supports the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act.
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