'Sex-selection' abortion ban gets final OK in Arkansas House

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Posted: Mar 22, 2017 7:42 PM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A proposal to impose fines and prison time on doctors who perform abortions that are based solely on whether the mother wants to have a boy or girl has received final passage from the Arkansas House.

The measure was passed Wednesday on a 57-9 vote. Under the legislation, a physician performing an abortion would ask the patient if she knows the sex of the child. If she does, the doctor must let her know that it's illegal to have an abortion based solely on gender. Opponents of the bill say the "sex-selection" ban is unconstitutional.

Doctors who violate the ban could face up to a year in prison and up to a $2,500 fine under the measure, as well as civil penalties.