A state Senate committee has approved a bill that would make the procedure for sex-selective abortions unlawful. Abortion-rights advocates argue such procedures are not an issue in the United States.
OLYMPIA — A state Senate committee has approved a bill that would ban abortions sought because of the gender of the fetus.
Senate Bill 6112, which passed out of the Senate Law and Justice Committee on Wednesday night, makes sex-selective abortion a class C felony with a possible fine of up to $10,000 for any doctor performing the procedure.
Under the bill, physicians performing such abortions could lose their medical license.
Even if the bill is approved by the full Senate, which has a Republican majority, it is unlikely to advance in the Democrat-controlled House.
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Abortion-rights advocates argue that sex-selective abortion is not an issue in the United States and the attempt to ban it is a veiled effort to restrict abortion.