This bill prohibits discrimination based on innate characteristics, such as a human being’s race, sex, or genetic characteristics. The State of North Carolina maintains a compelling interest in preventing abortion from becoming a tool of modern-day eugenics. The inherent right against discrimination based on race, sex, or genetic abnormality is protected in federal and state laws. The 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on race and disability. Notwithstanding, unborn human beings are continuously discriminated against and deprived of life. The bill would prohibit discrimination based on the following:
The actual or presumed race or racial makeup of the unborn child.
The sex of the unborn child. Sex-selection abortions continue to occur, and victims are overwhelmingly female.
The presumption of down syndrome. Unborn children perceived as “disabled” or handicapped” are routinely aborted in the United States.
“All babies, born and unborn, have intrinsic dignity, worth, and should be protected from the practice of discriminatory eugenic abortion,” said bill sponsor, Rep. Pat McElraft (Carteret, Jones)
“Children shouldn’t have to pass a genetic test to earn the right to be born.” said Rep John Bradford (Mecklenburg)
“If we truly want to eradicate discrimination predicated on race or disability, we must ensure that this protection begins in the womb,” said Rep. Dean Arp (Union).