Rep. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, a candidate for U.S. Senate, defended sex-selective abortions and criticized Senate Republicans for opposing abortions instigated because the fetus is a girl.
"To many cultures, particularly the Asian culture, this presented the propsect of a doctor grilling an asian woman for example," Hirono, a Japanese immigrant, said at the Netroots Nation convention. Hirono made clear that she did not oppose sex-selective abortions. "How can we criminalize a decision that should be up to the woman and her doctor?" she asked.
Hirono also maintained that "there really is a war on women in Congress." Although President Obama also opposed the ban on sex-selective abortions, Hirono's position is farther to the left than Obama's.
"We oppose gender discrimination in all its forms -- in all its forms," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters in May, apparently declaring that gender-based abortions are discriminatory. "This piece of legislation would have the hopefully unintended consequence of criminalizing a failure by a doctor," Carney added, "if he or she were somehow to fail to intuit the motivations of a patient."