Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Aborting Women's Rights

From Aborting Women's Rights by Ken Connor
"The practice has become so ruthlessly routine in many contemporary societies that it has impacted their very population structures, warping the balance between male and female births and consequently skewing the sex ratios for the rising generation toward a biologically unnatural excess of males. This still-growing international predilection for sex-selective abortion is by now evident in the demographic contours of dozens of countries around the globe – and it is sufficiently severe that it has come to alter the overall sex ratio at birth of the entire planet, resulting in millions upon millions of new 'missing baby girls' each year. In terms of its sheer toll in human numbers, sex-selective abortion has assumed a scale tantamount to a global war against baby girls."

No doubt abortion advocates would argue that it is not abortion that is at fault here, but backward cultures that are misusing the tools of liberty in order to further their misogynistic agendas. Third world abortion might be an abusive, repugnant phenomenon, but that says nothing about its use in the western world. Such logic is nothing short of delusional. When it comes to questions of life and death, there is little gray area. You are either an advocate of life, a supporter of inherent human dignity, or you aren't. You can't justify the killing of the unborn the name "choice" and then complain when others exercise that choice in ways you find objectionable.

So this leaves the feminists of the west in somewhat of a pickle. What will they make of these new demographic trends? Will they stick to their guns and defend the use of abortion even as a tool of gender-based infanticide? Will they attempt to somehow construct a "morality of abortion" in which only certain motivations for the procedure are deemed justifiable? Will they evade the issue altogether?

This reminds me of a story that Michael Coren related. He was speaking to a pro-life group on a university campus and, after his talk, a young woman came up and asked him some questions about abortion. She indicated that she was a lesbian who was pro-choice. Michael asked her about a hypothetical situation: if researchers were to discover a gene for homosexuality that could be detected in the unborn, would she still be pro-choice if someone wanted to abort their child because it was gay? The young woman's eyes welled up and she had no answer. Michael said, "sometimes we have to win them over one at a time."

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