Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) speaks at the It’s A Girl screening on Capitol Hill.
These days it doesn’t feel like Democrats and Republicans agree on much. But at least one Democratic Congressman has seen the documentary film It’s A Girl and feels strongly that gendercide in China and India is wrong and must be stopped.
According to a press release by the film’s creators,
Congressmen Chris Smith (R-NJ), Jim Moran (D-VA), and Mark Meadows (R-NC) joined with the nonpartisan Coalition Against Gendercide to host a special screening of It’s A Girl in the Capitol building in Washington D.C., in conjunction with the Tom Lantos Commission on Human Rights. The members of Congress were joined by congressional staff, NGO leaders and members of the media for this groundbreaking event.
Congressman Moran, the token Democrat, spoke eloquently to the assembled crowd:
The extent to which we stand by on the sidelines and don’t do anything about it makes us culpable as well. Today, what this country and this world needs to be about is ending gendercide because it is…inexcusable.
And Congressman Meadows had this to say:
We talk about wanting to find more common ground in Washington DC. And this is an issue where Democrats and Republicans can absolutely agree. Gendercide must be stopped.
As happy as I am to see a Democrat agreeing to take action on gendercide – a move with which I am in wholehearted agreement – I can’t help but wish Moran wasn’t such a hypocrite.
Last May, the House voted
on a bill called the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, or PRENDA. It would have imposed fines on doctors who knowingly participated in gender-based abortions. The bill failed, with most Republicans voting for it and most Democrats voting against it. Guess who
was one of those Democrats? That’s right! Rep. Jim “Gendercide Is Bad Except In America” Moran.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) asked rhetorically, “Since when did America subscribe to the idea that males are worth more than females?” Why, that’s a darn fine question, ma’am. “It’s sick, it’s discriminatory, it’s sexist and it is blatantly anti-woman and anti-human,” she added.
So what was the Democratic response?
Michigan Rep. John Conyers, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, asserted Wednesday that the bill “tramples (on) the rights of women under the guise of nondiscrimination, while doing absolutely nothing to provide women with needed resources for their babies, female and male.”
This is an argument that makes my eyes involuntarily roll up into my head every time I hear it. The “pro-lifers actually do nothing for babies” argument. Here’s something we do that you don’t: WE LET THEM LIVE. I would say that’s step one towards providing them with “needed resources,” wouldn’t you? I’m gonna go out on a limb and say “needed resource” numero uno is LIFE.
But here’s my favorite from a Democrat who voted against PRENDA:
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, said nobody he has talked to favors abortion based on sex preferences…
Um, you do, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. You just voted against outlawing sex-selective abortion, and now you’re saying you don’t know anybody who favors it? Is it Opposite Day? I’m so confused right now.
It’s a lot easier for Moran, the Democrat in the trio of congressmen who brought It’s A Girl to Capitol Hill, to condemn gendercide abroad than it is at home. And it’s far easier to condemn sex-selective abortion than all abortion.
I’m overjoyed that gendercide is being brought to light, and I’m happy to see Rep. Moran standing up against some abortion, if not all. I’m happy because stopping gendercide will stop a lot of abortions. I’m happy because if we are successful at ending gendercide, we will end a lot of killing. And isn’t that exactly what we’re trying to do?
If we just start with sex-selective abortion and forced abortion, if we were to just end those, do you have any idea how many lives we will have saved?
But Moran needs to put his votes where his mouth is. If abortion and infanticide based on gender are wrong elsewhere, why aren’t they wrong here? And why doesn’t he have the courage to say so?
The culture of gendercide in China and India has to be stopped not only for the babies who lose their lives and the mothers who lose their children, but for the prison it creates for the women who do survive. The effects of son-preference cultures – expressed most clearly by the dowry system in India and the results of the One Child Policy in China – are far-reaching and complex. They lead to not only abortion and infanticide but rape, kidnapping, human trafficking, sex slavery, and rampant suicide.
But not only do we have to stop gendercide in Asia, we have to do it everywhere. No, it is not the overwhelming problem in the U.S. that it is in China and India, but it does happen – especially among immigrants from son-preference cultures. And it is always unacceptable.
I am unable to sort out the tangle of conflicting views Moran and his Democratic cohorts hold about when, where, and who it is okay to abort. But I pleasantly recall that truth always leads to more truth. Educating people about gendercide anywhere is not only going to save actual lives; it’s going to expose more people to the reality of abortion.
And that is a very good thing.
If you haven’t seen It’s A Girl
, visit the website
and find out where and how you can view it or host a screening.