To be sure, banning abortion in the U.S. wouldn’t fix the [gender imbalance] problem in China and India. South Korea seems to have restored a gender balance by restoring girls to “an honored place.” I would note, however, that the greatest moral progress over the last two centuries has been generated by recognizing the natural rights of individual persons.

Maybe it’s not restoring girls to an honored place that is the key to moral progress. Maybe it’s restoring children to an honored place. Not just rich kids or white kids or heterosexual kids, but all kids. Not just kids whose heads have exited the birth canal, but all kids. Maybe the sense of obligation that a parent feels for his or her offspring, the recognition that my life is not all about me, is the real solution to the problem.

~ Ken Blanchard, South Dakota Politics, June 22

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