WASHINGTON – House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) issued the following statement today in support of H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), to outlaw abortions performed solely because of the unborn infant’s gender, also known as “sex-selective abortions.”
“It’s awful enough that abortion ends innocent human life. It’s an even more gruesome tragedy when abortions are used to deliberately end the lives of unborn baby girls simply because of their gender. This unconscionable form of discrimination occurs far too often in far too many places around the world – sadly, including in the United States. We’re a far better society than that. Today’s bill represented a strong stand against such senseless discrimination and in favor of basic human dignity. I was proud to support it as part of my longstanding commitment to preserving the sanctity of human life.
“In my heart and in my head, I can come to no other conclusion than that life begins at conception. I continue to believe that as a matter of law, science, and faith that there is no more fundamental right than the right to life. Life is a gift from our Creator. Without an enduring defense of this precious gift, no other right endowed to us by our Creator can be sustained.”