Front Royal, VA, 09/19/08 – Steven W. Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute and pro-life leader, will speak on the need to ban sex-selective abortions in the United States. Says Mosher, "The practice of sex-selective abortion, which is common in certain Asian-American communities, invariably targets unborn baby girls. This is the deadliest form of discrimination imaginable, and one which surveys show 86% of the American people firmly oppose."
At the press conference, Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), will announce that he is introducing legislation to ban this practice of sex-selective abortion. The press conference will be held Tuesday, September 23rd, at 2:30 pm on the Cannon Terrace (on the northwest corner of the Cannon building, right off Independence Ave).
"A study published by the National Academy of Sciences, and based on U.S. Census data, confirms what I and other experts have long suspected on the basis of anecdotal evidence, namely that sex-selective abortions regularly occur in the United States," Mosher continued. "Asian-American families whose first child is a girl, have an unusually large number of boys following, a skewed sex ratio that could only result from selectively aborting younger sisters. (The details of this study are discussed in PRI’s recent YouTube video on the subject, available for viewing on www.pop.org.
In this video, Mosher blames the phenomenon on longstanding cultural practices denigrating the worth of women, combined with improved ultrasound technology. "We need to stop the practice of sex-selective abortion now," Mosher concludes. "Before the practice becomes even more common."
Mr. Mosher will be available for interviews following the press conference.