White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about the White House's lack of support for the gender and race-based abortion ban bill:
Q Jay, you took a question yesterday on gender-based abortion. The House is voting on this ban. I understand the administration opposes the ban. My question is, since the President has been outspoken about being against gender-based discrimination, how can you allow gender-based abortion?
MR. CARNEY: Well, Ed, the administration opposed gender discrimination in all forms. But the end result of this legislation would be to subject doctors to criminal prosecution if they fail to determine the motivations behind a very personal and private decision. I think we, again, oppose gender discrimination in all cases. I think our record on that is very clear. The President’s record on that is very clear. But the purpose of this legislation -- or the result of this legislation would be to subject doctors to criminal prosecution for failing to divine the motivations of their patients when it comes to a very personal and medical decision.
Q -- a law then to deal with that issue? Because the real central issue with the one child --
MR. CARNEY: To allow doctors to read their patient's minds?
Q To figure out a way -- to figure out how to get to the bottom of this -- because when the one-child policy in communist China comes up people of all political stripes in this country are outraged that girls are killed, essentially. How can that happen in this country?
MR. CARNEY: Again, Ed, we oppose gender discrimination in all its forms -- in all its forms. And we don’t selectively pursue legislation in order to achieve other ideological goals. We oppose it in all its forms. This piece of legislation would have the hopefully unintended consequence of criminalizing a failure by a doctor and prosecuting a doctor for criminal behavior if he or she were somehow to fail to intuit the motivations of a patient in making a very private medical decision.Once again we see that it is impossible for the Obama administration to tell the truth. Here is the relevant portion of the bill addressing the doctors' responsibility:
Sec. 250. Discrimination against the unborn on the basis of race or sex
`(a) In General- Whoever knowingly--
`(1) performs an abortion knowing that such abortion is sought based on the sex, gender, color or race of the child, or the race of a parent of that child;
The real reason the White House and democrats are against this bill is the following provision:
`(c) Loss of Federal Funding- A violation of subsection (a) shall be deemed for the purposes of title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to be discrimination prohibited by section 601 of that Act.
What that little provision means is that Planned Parenthood could and most likely would lose its federal funding, $500 million annually, if it was caught knowingly aborting babies because the babies are girls, something they have been caught on tape supporting here and here.