Sex-selective Abortions Greatly Disfavour Baby Girls

Not wanted for being a Girl?

Not wanted for being a Girl?

The recent 34th anniversary of China’s “one-child policy” has focused renewed attention on sex-selection abortions. According to surveys  “there are an estimated 37 million more men than women in China today. This gender imbalance is a major force driving sexual slavery of women and girls in Asia.”

A preference for sons in China, India and South Korea combined with easy access to sex-selective abortions has led to a significant imbalance between the number of males and females born in these countries. The sex ratio at birth (SRB) — the number of boys born to every 100 girls – is consistent in human populations in which about 105 males are born to every 100 females. However, with the advent of ultrasounds that enable sex-selection, the sex ratio at birth in some cities in South Korea climbed to 125 males by 1992 and is over 130 in several Chinese provinces from Henan in the north to Hainan in the south.
In 2005 in China, “it was estimated that 1.1 million excess males were born across the country and that the number of males under the age of 20 years exceeded the number of females by around 32 million,” writes Professor Therese Hesketh, UCL Centre for International Health and Development, London, United Kingdom with coauthors.

In certain parts of India too similar disparities exist, with sex ratios as high as 125 male births to every 100 female ones in Punjab, Delhi and Gujarat in the north where the more wealthy inhabitants of these states have access to ultrasound (scans), allowing the sex of the baby to be detected before birth; it has resulted in decades of sex-selective abortions, creating an acute lack of women. (In the less affluent areas of the southern and eastern states of Kerala and Andhra Pradesh normal sex ratios of 105 male babies to every 100 female still exist.) These statistics are extremely indicative of the large scale destruction via abortion of baby girls in northern India taking place, once the ‘wrong’ gender of the baby becomes known to the mother and family!

According to a startling recent CNN report, in India: “Traffickers capitalize on the shortage by recruiting or kidnapping women ensnared in poverty to sell as brides…

As fertility declines, people choose not only the number of children they have, but also choose the sex of the child,” says Poonam Muttreja, a prominent campaigner for women’s rights and an adviser to the government. “And everyone wants a son.”
Patriarchy is so entrenched in our society. Girls are unwelcome visitor(s) in our own homes, and that’s how they are treated.

The skewed sex ratio is due to what Puneet Bedi, a Delhi suburb gynecologist, calls “mass murder on an unprecedented scale.” Census data shows some districts in India have fewer than 800 girls born for every 1,000 boys, leaving male-heavy villages.”

Many people are under the impression that this is a problem existing solely in Asia (and it must be acknowledged that while in the West the preference for boys is still only very slightly higher than for girls, it is far off reaching the same levels as in some countries of Asia) sex-selective abortions for other reasons, often no more than on the whim of the parents, are gradually on the increase here too.

An article in the Catholic Herald by Rob Flello on 28th October, entitled “Action must be taken to curb sex-selective abortion before it becomes a major problem in the UK“, states:

This coming Tuesday (November 4) will see a debate in the House of Commons over the Abortion (Sex Selection) Bill, put forward by Fiona Bruce MP. This Bill seeks to clarify the law, and to support in statute the view that abortion on the grounds of the baby’s sex is unlawful – which is the stated policy of the current government…

There is a great need for this Bill. The current legal situation is highly ambiguous. It has been said with some justification that in many parts of the world the most dangerous words are, “It’s a girl”. Abortion on the grounds of the child’s sex is endemic in parts of India and China. Indeed, the latter country now has a severe imbalance between the sexes, exacerbated by the vicious and barbaric one-child policy. Pre-natal gender testing has been formally banned in India for two decades, under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994.

Now it seems that sex-selective abortion may be spreading in the UK. Evidence has been accumulating steadily for the last year or so that sex-selective abortion may be happening here, although it does not (yet) appear to be happening on a large scale…”

I decided to look a little further into this disturbing news and discovered that the sex-selective abortion issue is not only growing in the UK and other English-speaking Western nations, in particular among our growing Asian immigrant populations, including those in the USA, but among Europeans in the EU too and those outside the EU that have small Asian minorities.

“Recent statistics indicate that gendercide, meaning the abortion of female fetuses because the family wishes to have a male offspring, is no longer confined only in China and India, but has become a European problem as well, especially in the Balkans.

According to a recent study by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in Albania, 112 boys are born for every 100 girls, while in Kosovo and Montenegro the figures stand at 110 and 109 boys per 100 girls respectively. 

Gendercide is mostly due to the fact boys are often considered the family’s heir, who are expected to carry on its name and traditions, while women leave the family and attach to the husband when they marry.

In countries like Albania and Macedonia EU laws [against sex selection abortion] are being ignored since female births keep on decreasing; however, women’s rights activists also see a trend towards gender selection in EU member states as well. As a result, Danish media have indicated the existence of “abortion tourism” to Sweden, where terminating a pregnancy is legal until the 18th week…”

This whole thing is not only creating a huge social problem in many countries, it is also a terrible tragedy, when you consider that it points to millions of babies who were killed or abandoned by their parents simply because they were girls! Abortion is always a terrible evil, one of the four sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance, but that it should be executed on an innocent baby for the sole reason of its sex is quite frankly staggering in its cruelty.

The Bible abounds with passages that declare the personhood and the dignity of all unborn children, boys and girls. Consider, for example, the witness of the Prophet Jeremiah (1:4-5), “The word of the Lord came to me thus: ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you.” In Psalm 138 (vs. 13-14), the psalmist says to God, “Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made; wonderful are your works.”

Even more significant for us Christians is the witness to unborn life found in the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. Here, two mothers with their children still in the womb, Jesus and John, rejoice at the communication of joy that takes place between their unborn sons. Elizabeth cries out with exultation (Lk 1:42f), “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb… For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.”

On the solid foundation of this biblical witness, the Catholic Church, from the beginning, has consistently and clearly taught that abortion is intrinsically evil.

No.2258 of the Catechism states: “Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being.

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9 Responses to Sex-selective Abortions Greatly Disfavour Baby Girls

  1. Wendy Walker says:

    https://www.change.org/p/stop-abortion-clinic-opening-at-london-gp-surgery

    Please can you sign and share thses very important petition details ..Thank you

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  2. Wendy Walker says:

    http://www.stopgendercide.org/

    You can contact your MP through this site regarding sex selection abortion

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  3. johnhenrycn says:

    According to some projections, by 2020, one-fifth of all single men men in China will be unable to find a wife. Young single men spell trouble with a capital “T” and if left untamed by the female sex through marriage, or at least cohabitation, are at great risk of becoming hardened criminals. Wars are also going to become more frequent. Look at what Islamic State and Boko Haran are doing to ‘enemy’ women. Their enslavement of captured women and girls is not connected with sex-selective abortions, but their mauraudings present an sinister picture of what lies ahead for all of us, even in Europe and North America, if demographic ratios continue to be seriously out of whack.

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  4. johnhenrycn says:

    Such a cute baby btw. Even cuter than this Shar-Pei, although there are similarities.

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  5. toadspittle says:

    I suggest it’s obvious that a lot of this slaughter of female babies has to do with religions and cultures “casting,” if you like, women as second rate human beings, not worth investing in.
    Not Catholicism, of course, where both women and men have exactly the same chance of being lawyers, judges, politicians, painters, soldiers, police officers, pop-stars, priests, bishops, or popes. (There should be another pope along shortly, by the way. (Probably another man, though. But you never know.)
    Could gendercide happen here, in Europe?
    Yes, JH is right.
    Anything imaginable, however awful, can always happen anywhere – people being what they are.
    Never let anyone tell you, “It can’t happen here,” Because it can.

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  6. johnhenrycn says:

    “Not Catholicism, of course, where both women and men have exactly the same chance of being lawyers, judges, politicians, painters, soldiers, police officers…”

    You should have stopped there, Toad, and earned one of my prized “thumbs up”. A woman can no more be a priest, bishop or pope than she can be a sperm donor, just as a man can no more be a nun, mother superior or abbess than he can become pregnant. No “second rate human beings” to see in Catholicism, folks. Move along now.

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  7. Reblogged this on theraineyview and commented:
    Read this excellent article exposing the horror that is sex-selective abortion, or gendercide. Gendercide leads to human trafficking and the social problems that arise from unattached males.
    It’s interesting to note that in Sweden, abortion is legal only until 18 weeks, compared to over 40 weeks in the US, whereas apparently the cutoff is earlier than 18 weeks in Denmark — so much for the American left’s notion of Sweden and Denmark as liberal utopias. Either that, or banning late-term abortion would have no effect on a nation’s status as a liberal utopia. Or both. Either way, examples like that serve to illustrate how extreme the US Democratic leadership is, even by European standards.

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  8. kathleen says:

    Thank you very much for the reblog theraineyview, and your interesting anecdote on the liberal US abortion laws.
    It’s also very nice to see you here again! 🙂

    Yes, as you and JH point out, gendercide, and the wiping out of millions of baby girls, is already causing huge social problems in many places, where the long-term adverse repercussions we are only just beginning to witness. The situation can only get worse unless strong measures are enforced to outlaw it now.

    Toad is right: the whole problem of why girls are discarded is because they are seen “as second rate human beings” in some cultures, and changing such a twisted ideology appears to be an insurmountable challenge.

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  9. kathleen says:

    Saw this on a Pro-Life website in response to the accusation that pro-lifers want to control women and how they use their bodies:

    “Pro-lifers aren’t looking to control women. They’re trying to save them, and to make a clear and unambiguous statement that we cherish girls (just like boys!) as full human beings whose lives are worth protecting.”

    Those who use the above pro-abortion argument fail to recognise that baby girls are women in the making. Do they not have a say on what happens to their fragile little bodies?

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