S. 138: Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2013

Jan 24, 2013
Referred to Committee
1% chance of being enacted
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H.R. 447 (same title)
Referred to Committee — Feb 01, 2013

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David Vitter
Junior Senator from Louisiana
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Jan 24, 2013
17 pages
Related Bills
S. 3290 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jun 13, 2012

H.R. 447 (Related)
Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2013

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Feb 01, 2013


This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on January 24, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Introduced Jan 24, 2013
Referred to Committee Jan 24, 2013
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3% chance of getting past committee.
1% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

A bill to prohibit discrimination against the unborn on the basis of sex or gender, and for other purposes.


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15 cosponsors (15R) (show)

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Library of Congress Summary

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Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2013 - Imposes criminal penalties on anyone who knowingly or knowingly attempts to:
(1) perform an abortion knowing that the abortion is sought based on the sex or gender of the child,
(2) use force or the threat of force to intentionally injure or intimidate any person for the purpose of coercing a sex-selection abortion,
(3) solicit or accept funds for the performance of such an abortion, or
(4) transport a woman into the United States or across a state line for the purpose of obtaining such an abortion.
Defines "sex-selection abortion" as an abortion undertaken to eliminate an unborn child based on the sex or gender of the child.
Excludes from the definition of "abortion" actions taken to terminate a pregnancy if the intent is to save the life or preserve the health of the unborn child, remove a dead unborn child caused by spontaneous abortion, or remove an ectopic pregnancy.
Authorizes civil actions, for verifiable money damages for injuries and punitive damages, by:
(1) fathers, or maternal grandparents if the mother is an unemancipated minor, of unborn children who are the subject of an abortion performed or attempted through any of the above violations; and
(2) women upon whom an abortion has been performed with a knowing or attempted use of force or threat of force to intentionally injure or intimidate any person for the purpose of coercing a sex-selection abortion.
Authorizes, to prevent an abortion provider from performing or attempting further abortions in violation of this Act, injunctive relief to be obtained by the women upon whom such an abortion is performed or attempted, spouses or parents of a woman upon whom such an abortion is performed, or the Attorney General (DOJ).
Deems a violation of this Act to be prohibited discrimination under title VI (Federally Assisted Programs) of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (Violators of title VI lose federal funding.)
Requires a medical or mental health professional to report known or suspected violations to law enforcement authorities. Imposes criminal penalties for a failure to so report.
Prohibits a woman having such an abortion from being prosecuted or held civilly liable.
Prohibits this Act from being construed to require that a healthcare provider has an affirmative duty to inquire as to the motivation for the abortion, absent the healthcare provider having knowledge or information that the abortion is sought based on the sex or gender of the child.

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