Gender-based abortion limit OK'd by NC House panel

May. 01, 2013 @ 02:03 PM

A North Carolina legislative committee wants doctors to be punished with large fines for performing an abortion when the child's sex is a significant factor in a pregnant woman seeking the procedure.

A House judiciary panel recommended Wednesday the Republican-backed measure that seeks to prohibit what's called sex-selective abortions.

The United Nations has raised concerns about gender bias in favor of boys in parts of Asia that lead to abortions of female fetuses. The bill's sponsors provided no evidence the practice is a problem in North Carolina.

Lawmakers say the state should make clear that such discrimination is wrong, but two physicians testified at the committee that the measure will only undermine the trust between doctors and their patients.

The bill now goes to the full House.