Prenatal Non-discrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2012
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amend
House Roll Call No. 299
112nd Congress, 2nd Session

Failed: 246-168 (see complete tally)

On May 31, 2012, the House failed to pass the Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act (PRENDA) (H.R. 3541), which would have imposed civil and criminal penalties on medical professionals who provide abortion care to women, if a health care provider has “knowledge” or “information” that a woman is seeking such care “based on” the sex of the fetus. PRENDA also would have established criminal penalties for any physician, nurse, counselor, or other medical or mental health professional who fails to report “suspected” violations of PRENDA. The ACLU opposed PRENDA because it would have forced doctors and allow government officials to intrude upon women’s private family decisions. The ACLU was especially concerned that supporters of PRENDA appeared to be exploiting anti-immigrant stereotypes to limit women’s access to reproductive health care. Because the bill came to vote under a suspension of the House rules, a two-thirds majority was needed to pass the bill. The bill failed, achieving a majority of only 246-168. (112th Congress, Second Session, Roll Call Vote No. 299)

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 299
Votes For : 246
Votes Against : 168
Not Voting : 17