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House rejects ban on sex-selection abortion, but GOP makes its point (+video)

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(Read caption) The House rejected a measure Thursday that would explicitly ban abortions undertaken on the basis of the fetus's gender, by a vote of 168 against to 246 in favor.
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For a day, at least, the roles in the "war on women" were reversed.

Republicans, for once, backed Democrats into a politically tenuous corner over a hot-button social issue – abortion – while Democrats cried foul, arguing that legislation before the US House was more political ploy than policy change.

The House rejected a measure Thursday that would explicitly ban abortions undertaken on the basis of the fetus's gender, by a vote of 168 against to 246 in favor. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R) of Arizona, did not carry because it was subject to a legislative rule that required approval of 60 percent of House members to pass.

Democrats, who previously knocked Republicans for their stances on the Violence Against Women Act and who are pushing legislation requiring equal pay for men and women, called the vote a political charade. 

"The maker of the motion has said he brought it to the floor for a purpose that was not exactly scientific," said House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D) of California at a press conference.

Democrats also took a page out of House Speaker John Boehner's book by redirecting discussion of a social issue to the economy.

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