Today, after months of grandstanding and several Republican injuries due to hyperextension of their feigned sincerity muscles, the House of Representatives will vote on PRENDA — the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act. The bill's being considered under suspended rules, which means it's highly unlikely to pass, but that doesn't make the bill, which supporters contend addresses the problem of Americans who are sexist or racist against their own fetuses, any less sexist or racist.
Here's an abbreviated version of the debate, which happened yesterday. Bill sponsor, Arizona Republican Trent Franks (Mayor Franks if you're in DC!) pretended to be a feminist for several minutes, causing a blood vessel to pop in his left eye (not really). He laid out his reasoning for introducing the bill: baby girls! What about the women!? Sex selective abortion is awful! Therefore, let's punish doctors who knowingly perform sex-selective abortions with five years in prison and let women's husbands or parents interfere with her right to choose. Yeah! said the concurring Republicans, straining to keep straight faces, women's rights! "Woe to you if you vote against this bill," Cliff Stearns, a Florida Republican, actually fucking said.