Tens of thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators march along Constitution Avenue toward the Supreme Court during the March for Life January 24, 2011 in Washington, DC. The annual march marks the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade …
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WASHINGTON - On Thursday the House of Representatives rejected a bill banning abortions based on the sex of a fetus.
246 House members backed the measure while 168 voted against it.
That leaves the proposal short of the two-thirds total necessary for passage.
Most Republicans supported the measure; the majority of Democrats opposed it.
The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act would impose fines and prison sentences for doctors who knowingly perform abortions based on the fetus' sex.
Supporters say it's a necessary defense on the civil rights of unborn children.
Opponents called it an ongoing assault on legalized abortion.
But several caught-on-tape "gotcha" moments staged by anti-abortion activists are helping fuel the debate.
At a Texas Planned Parenthood Clinic an anti-abortion actor is pretending to want an abortion if she's having a girl. A Planned Parenthood staffer helps, giving detailed advice on how to find out the baby's gender.
In another video from New York City a social worker doesn't encourage aborting a female fetus, but doesn't condemn it either.
The undercover videos were released this week as lawmakers debated new anti-abortion legislation that would ban abortions based on the sex of the baby.
Under the legislation doctors who knowingly perform abortions chosen because of gender would face up to 5 years in prison and fines.
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