Skip to comments.Promoting Abortion Worldwide Has Demographic Consequences
Posted on 03/27/2012 4:10:58 PM PDT by wagglebee
They say what goes around comes around, or to paraphrase the Good Book, you reap what you sow. Nowhere is this more in evidence than in recent global data on abortion. For years, feminists have maintained that women will not be truly free or equal unless they are free to abort their unborn children. They have sought to elevate abortion to sacramental status. It has been the defining issue of the feminist movement for decades.
Ironically, this ideology of liberation and the reckless disregard for innocent life that it engenders hurts females more than any other group. Turns out that in many corners of the world, women face a much more fundamental form of discrimination than anything imagined by their western counterparts. Were all familiar with the horrors of honor killings, acid attacks, and genital mutilation that occur with appalling regularity in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Whats less well-known is that some of these same cultures are taking advantage of technological advances like gender-determination ultrasound in order to engage in aggressive search and destroy missions against unborn females.
So prevalent is this trend that the delicate balance required to maintain healthy populations is becoming badly skewed. According to an article in The New Atlantis:
The practice has become so ruthlessly routine in many contemporary societies that it has impacted their very population structures, warping the balance between male and female births and consequently skewing the sex ratios for the rising generation toward a biologically unnatural excess of males. This still-growing international predilection for sex-selective abortion is by now evident in the demographic contours of dozens of countries around the globe and it is sufficiently severe that it has come to alter the overall sex ratio at birth of the entire planet, resulting in millions upon millions of new missing baby girls each year. In terms of its sheer toll in human numbers, sex-selective abortion has assumed a scale tantamount to a global war against baby girls.
When feminists talk about abortion, they do so in terms of womens rights. Legalized abortion empowers women, they assert, because it puts them in control over their bodies; it gives them the choice whether or not to bear a child who has been conceived. What these proponents of liberty fail to consider, however, is that in many cases women are choosing abortion at the behest of someone else. Cultural pressures, fear of retaliation, and other factors are driving them to end the lives of their unborn children because daughters are deemed undesirable. Thus, abortion is being used as an instrument of oppression against females, not as a tool of liberation.
No doubt abortion advocates would argue that it is not abortion that is at fault here, but backward cultures that are misusing the tools of liberty in order to further their misogynistic agendas. Third world abortion might be an abusive, repugnant phenomenon, but that says nothing about its use in the western world. Such logic is nothing short of delusional. When it comes to questions of life and death, there is little gray area. You are either an advocate of life, a supporter of inherent human dignity, or you arent. You cant justify the killing of the unborn the name choice and then complain when others exercise that choice in ways you find objectionable.
So this leaves the feminists of the west in somewhat of a pickle. What will they make of these new demographic trends? Will they stick to their guns and defend the use of abortion even as a tool of gender-based infanticide? Will they attempt to somehow construct a morality of abortion in which only certain motivations for the procedure are deemed justifiable? Will they evade the issue altogether?
For the sake of millions of unborn women around the world, heres hoping this trend puts some pressure the pro-abortion movement to reconsider the implications of their inhuman and inhumane conception of human rights.
LifeNews.com Note: Ken Connor is the chairman of the Center for a Just Society and co-author of Sinful Silence: When Christians Neglect Their Civic Duty. A pro-life attorney, he was intimately involved in the fight to save Terri Schiavo and is the former president of the Family Research Council.
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Just ask your liberal pro choice friends what they think about sex selection. It goes on in the US also. Mostly among immigrants but it is still practiced.
The result is their are millions of men in China and India who will never have a wife. They are already looking overseas for suitable partners.
but i thought it was the republicans who were waging war on women.
Sad thing is that the practice is much more common than that.
The biggest factor in future population momentum is the number of fertile females in the next generation. The total number of children is less important than the number of girls. Whether the remaining girls are shared or not is irrelevant - fewer women in the next generation means less demographic growth in the future for most of Asia.
The irony is China complaining about lack of wives for poor men, yet they still send “screaming baby flights” as my father calls it, with a dozen or more baby girls with their adoptive families. If you have a shortage of girls, why permit the export of the few girls you’ve got?