Feminists of the west should take heed of this news item from India -
Indian Women March Against Sex-Selection Abortion
A three-kilometre march, comprised of thousands of women and 10,000 female students with signs that said "Do not kill us" and "discrimination against the girl child leads to abortion". India, a country which still suffers from the caste system and where families are burdened by wedding dowries, perceives girls to be a financial burden.
According to UN reports, as many as 5 million children are aborted in India each year. Despite laws banning ultrasounds to determine the sex of an unborn child, the abortion industry routinely targets unwanted girl babies, resulting in one of the world's worst cases of population gender imbalance. - Michael van der Mast and Hilary White, LifeSiteNews, June 26, 2009
Last week, there was a news item about pregnancy kits that would reveal the gender of a fetus; these are soon to be available in New Zealand for $125.
"We see this kit as being a threat to the human rights of unborn children, and especially female children," Right to Life's Ken Orr told Breakfast. We have a large Asian community in New Zealand, and in Asia there is a cultural acceptance of abortion for sex selection."
However, Australian distributor, Melbourne-based Early Image managing director David Portnoy says he would be "amazed if anybody was to do anything so drastic based on a urine test that has a 90% accuracy rate". -
Foetal Gender Test Kit, www.tvns.co.ns
I am very skeptical of statements made by companies that manufacture or distribute medical drugs and technology; their vested interest in the product should disqualify them from being taken seriously. After all, Merck & Co., the company that manufactures Gardasil, doesn't seem to be taking seriously the 18 deaths and 140 complications from that vaccine.
Death toll linked to Gardasil vaccine rises
A few years ago, I read A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry - set in India in the mid 70's, it is a sensitive look at modern India written by a man who grew up there and now lives in Canada. I was shocked to realise that such inhumane treatment of people was actually going on in the latter half of the twentieth century. And it was a revelation to read how the caste system was still operative in many areas of India. At the same time, I remember that this is the country loved by Mother Teresa and these are the people who loved her in return. And I recall Mother Teresa's statement about true poverty, saying that America with all its material wealth was poorer than India because it didn't treasure life.
It is heartening to see that it is the women of this country who may be the ones to show the liberated Western world the truth about abortion - and that the feminist argument for a woman's "right to choose" has met its logical nemesis in the problem of sex-selection abortion.