From today’s Chicago Tribune:

BADHOCHHI KALAN, India — This is the land of the vanishing girl, where 14 boys and seven girls attend 1st grade, where educational plays warn of a future with no women. A nearby midwife delivers one girl for every five boys.
Villagers do not talk openly about why the number of girls is so low here–how couples use ultrasound tests illegally and then abort female fetuses. But everyone knows the reason….
The village is a typical one in Fatehgarh Sahib district, a focus in India’s fight to stop couples from aborting female fetuses, largely a phenomenon of the elite and educated. In the 2001 census, this district in the northwest state of Punjab had the most skewed sex ratio in the country. For every 1,000 boys younger than 6, there were 754 girls. That was a precipitous drop from 1991, when the census showed 874 girls for every 1,000 boys.
In Badhochhi Kalan in 2001, the ratio was even more disparate, 651 girls for every 1,000 boys. A nearby village had only 440 girls for 1,000 boys, the worst in India….

Sex selection abortions are also epidemic in China. They’re causing quite a few problems for adult women, such as sex-trafficking, rape, and wife sharing.
It’s logical to presume sex selection abortions are also committed in the U.S., even if only among sexist immigrants.
This phenomenon presents many interesting questions….

  • Would feminists/abortion proponents support or oppose a U.S. ban on sex-selection abortions? (If the feminist movement is to promote the advancement of women, wouldn’t opposing a sex-selection ban result in a loss of constituents?)
  • If it is only blobs of tissues that are aborted, can proponents even broach the topic of sex-selection abortions? Haven’t they chosen a course of ignorance of cause and surprise at result?
  • What if certain abortions prove sociologically harmful to born women, as has been demonstrated with sex-selection abortions?
  • Does it matter that the female fetuses being aborted are late-term? Is there a difference between early and late abortions?
  • What if a late-term female fetus survives the abortion? Female infanticide is also a problem in India and China. So what?
  • If, as the Trib stated, Indian sex-selection abortions are “largely a phenomenon of the elite and educated,” should states perhaps take the opposite approach of passing a law to ensure sex-selection abortions are available to poor women via taxpayer funding?
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