Wednesday, August 01, 2007

A Genocide Against Women

In a recent article in the on line journal of First Things, Susan Yoshihara highlights one of the terrible side effects of international abortion: what I would call genocide against baby girls.
Yoshihara points out:

“Throughout human history, demographers tell us, nature has provided about 105 male births for every 100 females . . . A Chinese census reports ratios as high as 120–136 boys born for every 100 girls; in Taiwan, ratios of 119 boys to 100 girls; in Singapore 118 boys per 100 girls; South Korea 112 boys per 100 girls; and in India, where the practice was outlawed in 1994, the ratio continues to exceed 120 boys for every 100 girls in some areas. Countries such as Greece, Luxembourg, El Salvador, the Philippines, Cape Verde, and Egypt, even among some ethnic groups in the United States (Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino), are showing the same deadly discrimination against daughters.

What is the cause of the crisis? Experts point to a recent confluence of four main factors: rising access to sonogram technology, increased access to abortion, a preference for sons, and fertility decline.”

Simply banning sex selection abortion will not prevent this hostility toward women from continuing. It is too easy for doctors to document some pretextual reason for the abortion. The genocide of women is another good reason to limit or ban abortion altogether. This sort of abuse is another reason why abortion today is analogous to slavery in the 1800's. Both allowed the dehumanization of certain groups of human beings.

(Hat tip to Rantburg)

1 comment:

Sacchiel said...

Are not the effects already seen by the vast female shortages in China?

Or even by the vast number of people no longer alive able to contribute to society?