Sex-selective abortion bans in the U.S. could lead to discrimination
Four countries in the world ban sex-selective abortions. In the U.S., eight states ban sex-selective abortions and 21 states have considered a ban. Abortion opponents in the U.S. claim that laws to curb sex-selection practices are necessary because of immigrants from Asia.
Brian Citro is with the University of Chicago Law School where he works in its International Human Rights Clinic. They recently authored the report, Myths with Facts: Sex-Selective Abortion Laws in the United States. And Brian is just back from Geneva where the report was submitted to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination as part of the Committee's review of the United States. The U.N. is interested in whether or not the sex-selection laws unfairly stigmatize Asian-Americans and Pacific-Islanders. He’ll tell us what came out of the Conference.
(photo: from uchicago.edu)