I came across another article just now about sex-selection abortion in India:
In a report released this week, UNICEF said 7, 000 fewer girls are born in India every day than the global statistic would predict, because of sex-selection abortion.
Parents routinely abort a female baby because of widespread gender prejudice…The strong desire for sons is reinforced by social pressures, and by the burdensome dowries still required of parents when a daughter is married.
Although Indian law bans sex-determination tests, many doctors ignore the law, charging high fees to determine the sex of an unborn child and perform an abortion if the child is female. This unscrupulous business explains why many places, particularly in northern India, have only fewer than 800 girls born for every 1, 000 boys.
I wonder what sort of interest you’d get from feminists if you tried to organize a march to protest India’s ban on this practice. After all, the Indian government is clearly infringing on its women’s right to choose. But it’s sort of hard to imagine protestors waving those purple NOW signs alongside “LET US ABORT OUR FEMALE FETUSES!” signs.
I know that most pro-choice people honestly think they’re doing a good thing by advocating for women to be able to terminate “unwanted pregnancies, ” but when you think of it in terms of people getting rid of unwanted daughters it seems much more…personal.
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