*The House of Representatives failed on Thursday to pass the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act which would criminalize aborting a fetus because they are not a preferred gender, reported the Christian Post.

The vote, 246-168, required a two-thirds majority because it was brought to vote under suspension of the rules. Most Republicans voted for it while most Democrats voted against it.

“Worldwide now, we’re probably missing 200 million girls because of sex-selective abortions and in America we have now allowed thousands of little girls to be dismembered, usually late in the pregnancy when they can feel extreme pain, simply because they are little girls. And, it’s gotten so that the most deadly words on the planet anymore are, ‘it’s a girl,'” Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), the sponsor of the bill, told The Christian Post Wednesday. “We have a responsibility as a human family to be outraged by that. It should assault our conscience. And we should do what’s necessary to end it.”

The bill originally contained language that would criminalize abortions based upon both gender and race. The race-based abortions were removed from the bill, Franks told CP, because Republican leaders did not want to give opponents an opportunity to “demagogue” the bill over race issues.

Read more at the ChristianPost.com.