June 1st, 2012
03:54 PM ET

U.S. House rejects ban on sex-selection abortions

New polls show a tightening race between Obama and Romney in three battleground states, Colorado, Iowa and Nevada - all states that Obama won in 2008.
The one thing that might swing the vote are women and issues they care about – a fact not lost on capitol hill.

On Thursday, the heated debate over sex-selective abortions.

CNN's Dana Bash reports.

House rejects abortion ban based on sex of fetus

Congress took up one of the most divisive issues in politics Thursday as the House of Representatives rejected a controversial measure banning abortions based on the sex of a fetus.

In the House, 246 representatives backed the bill while 168 voted against it, leaving the proposal short of the two-thirds total necessary for passage. Most Republicans supported the measure; the majority of Democrats opposed it.


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