In the 1970's only one percent of geneticists believed that abortion for sex selection was morally acceptable, and this small minority generally kept their opinions to themselves for obvious reasons. By the late 1980's, the number of geneticists approving of sex-selection abortions had jumped considerably, and this trend shows no signs of abating.
Dozens of sex-selection clinics have sprung up all over the United States and Europe since the mid-1980s. These clinics offer amniocentesis solely for the purpose of determining the preborn baby's sex. Chorionic villi sampling (CVS), a foetal diagnostic technique, can be used to detect foetal gender as early as eight weeks' gestation.
The essence of the pro-life position regarding sex-selection baby-killing was summarised quite competently and accurately by writer Jo McGowan in the February 28, 1989 issue of Newsweek Magazine;
"Which abortion is not 'selective?' The handicapped foetus of the mother who only wants a perfect baby, the third child of a mother who only wants two, the unplanned baby of a mother who wants total control of her life __ all of these can be 'selectively' aborted ... Perhaps from the undeniable truth that it is wrong to kill a baby simply because it is a girl, will emerge the larger truth that it is wrong to kill a baby at all."
Right now, in almost any corner of the world, a baby girl is being killed just because she is a girl. Her mother may be rich or poor, educated or uneducated. One thing is certain: She is not alone. She is part of a growing global trend of sex selective abortion and infanticide that favors sons and proves deadly for daughters. The practice, once thought to be unique to China and India, is catching on in Central Asia, Latin America, and the rest of the world. In an era when girls can rightly aspire to unprecedented status alongside their brothers, why are more parents choosing not to let them live?
Even the controversial United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which promotes fertility decline and abortion, estimated in 2007 there are between 60 million and 100 million "missing girls" worldwide. What is missing from the analysis, however, is acknowledgment that international institutions like UNFPA, created after World War II to foster development, are key drivers of the unfolding tragedy through their promotion of fertility decline as a prerequisite for human development, and fertility control as an international human right.
This fact should give us pause the next time we hear a U.N. official tell us that the advancement of women is a top priority.
Throughout human history, demographers tell us, nature has provided about 105 male births for every 100 females. This "sex ratio at birth"-stable across generations and ethnic boundaries-may range from 103 to as high as 106 boys for every 100 girls. In only one generation, that ratio has come unglued.
A documentary film by Shadowline Films (released late 2011) tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters' lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice.
And here is another excellent video on the subject
By coming out against sex-selection abortions, abortion advocates realise that they are 'limiting choice' and that is not acceptable to them in the culture wars for abortion rights. Abortion feminists would rather to back the elimination of baby girls rather than give up any abortion rights.
Even the American Medical Association (who are stridently pro-choice) have commented as far back as 1976.. "A sad irony now confronts the feminists who fought so hard and so long to make abortion on demand legally available. Abortion is increasingly being used to end the life of healthy unborn infants just because they are not of the sex their parents prefer. And almost all of the unborn babies being aborted for no reason except that they are of an unwanted sex are female ... It's a Pandora's Box of potential trouble, and it was abortion, with the insistence on the legal right to eliminate human beings unwanted for any reason, that opened the lid first." Signs of Trouble Ahead. American Medical Association News, 22/11/76
In the UK, September 2013, Ann Furedi, the head of the UK’s biggest abortion provider (British Pregnancy Advisory Services) caused uproar when she said that there was NO NEED to change law to stop aborting babies simply because they are girls. This was after an undercover investigation by a leading newspaper into allegations of sex-selection abortions in British abortion clinics. Read more on the story here
In Australia, late 2013, A DOCTOR risks being deregistered because he allegedly refused a referral for an Indian couple who wanted to abort a healthy unborn baby girl at 19 weeks, simply because they wanted a boy. Dr Mark Hobart, 55, has been under investigation by the Medical Board of Victoria for five months, accused of having committed an offence under the state's controversial Abortion Law Reform Act of 2008. Read more on the story here
Most pro-abortion and pro-choice advocated pretend initially that they are shocked by sex-selection abortions. But in reality, their logic of choice eventually comes to the forefront. Seeing a glorious opportunity for a few thousand quick rupees, these 'champions of women's rights' immediately set up amniocentesis clinics all over India, and advertised with slogans like "Better 500 rupees now than 500,000 later," referring to the contrasting costs of abortion and a dowry at a later date.
Dr. Jaswant Singh of the Rohtak Medical College says that "The doctors who are doing this [amniocentesis and abortion] have stopped all other kinds of medicine. This is all they are doing. They are making a lot of money."
Edward A. Gargan, New York Times News Service. "Ultrasound Changes Face of Third World." The Oregonian, December 15, 1991
"Abortion for sex selection in the eighth month may not be good, but that is for people themselves to decide."
Richard Cohen, Washington Post columnist. Quoted in Lisa Andrusko. "What Are "Sex-Selection" Abortions?" National Right to Life News, March 14, 1985, pages 3 and 10
"I would never use it, and my wife and I would never use it. However, to deny such a test raises serious questions - such as, is the geneticist imposing his personal bias on someone else?"
Dr. M. Neil MacIntyre, Professor of anatomy and human genetics at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. Quoted by J.L. Lazarevic. "Ethics Bug Scientist in Child Sex Choice." The Pittsburgh Press, February 29, 1976
"It is sometimes ethical to let parents choose their children's sex."
John Robertson, acting chairman of the ethics committee for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, September 2001
In May and June 2012 Live Action released new undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood abortion clinics encouraing women to get sex-selection abortions. The videos are part of a new series titled "Gendercide: Sex-Selection in America," exposing the practice of sex-selective abortion in the United States and how Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry facilitate the selective elimination of baby girls in the womb.
In Austin, TX, this employee is encouraging a woman to obtain a late-term abortion because she was purportedly carrying a girl and wanted to have a boy.
On 31st May 2012, Live Action released a new undercover video showing Planned
Parenthood's Margaret Sanger clinic in New York City helping a woman determine if her unborn child was female so she could have a sex-selection abortion.
Undercover in Hawaii
A Chinese census reports ratios as high as 120-136 boys born for every 100 girls; in Taiwan, ratios of 119 boys to 100 girls; in Singapore 118 boys per 100 girls; South Korea 112 boys per 100 girls; and in India, where the practice was outlawed in 1994, the ratio continues to exceed 120 boys for every 100 girls in some areas. Countries such as Greece, Luxembourg, El Salvador, the Philippines, Cape Verde, and Egypt, even among some ethnic groups in the United States (Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino), are showing the same deadly discrimination against daughters.
Over the last generation, the world has witnessed a drive toward smaller families, and this is directly related to sex selection. With fewer children, the sex of each child matters more. Analysis by Nicholas Eberstadt shows that, in India, each child after the first is increasingly unwanted, such that, with the second child, the desirability of girls to boys is 16% to 40%. By the fourth pregnancy, a girl's desirability is a sad 9%, compared with 75% in favor of a boy. With these odds, and with cheap sonogram technology and easy access to abortion, is it any wonder India reports that 300,000 to 500,000 girls go "missing" every year due to infanticide and abortion?
It is estimated that by 2020 there could be more than 35 million young "surplus males" in China and 25 million in India. Surplus Males: The Need for Balance. (2000). Bridges. Retrieved March 13, 2007.
In a book, Bare Branches: Security Implications of Asia's Surplus Male Population (MIT Press), (2004) Valerie M. Hudson and Andrea M. den Boer warn that the spread of sex selection is giving rise to a generation of restless young men who will not find mates. History, biology, and sociology all suggest that these "surplus males" will generate high levels of crime and social disorder, the authors say. Even worse, they continue, is the possibility that the governments of India and China will build up huge armies in order to provide a safety valve for the young men's aggressive energies.
"In 2020 it may seem to China that it would be worth it to have a very bloody battle in which a lot of their young men could die in some glorious cause," says Ms. Hudson, a professor of political science at Brigham Young University.
Those apocalyptic forecasts garnered a great deal of attention when the scholars first presented them, in the journal International Security, in 2002. "The thing that excites me about this research is how fundamental demography is," says David T. Courtwright, a professor of history at the University of North Florida and author of Violent Land: Single Men and Social Disorder From the Frontier to the Inner City (Harvard University Press, 1996), a study of sex ratios and murder rates in American history. "The basic idea that they have, that in some sense demography is social destiny -- that's a very powerful idea."
China's strict one-child policy, implemented in 1979 to reduce the population, has severely upset the gender balance in that country. A January 2007 report in the China Daily estimated that there will be 30 million more men than women of marriageable age in China by 2020, leading to possible widespread social unrest.
Already, the skewed sex ratio has resulted in a rise in the kidnapping and trafficking of women, both within the country and internationally. Mail order bride services have mushroomed, which, for a fee of up to $2,400, import wives for Chinese men from other countries, especially Burma. Joseph D'Agostino, vice president for communications with the Virginia-based Population Research Institute (PRI), calls the one-child policy "a massive violation of human rights" which affects both women and men.
The Dying Rooms, a shocking British documentary that created an outcry around the world, showed children abandoned in some of China's state orphanages, uncared for and left to die in unimaginable misery and squalour, victims of the one-child policy. It is reported that 95 percent of China's orphans are girls.
In February 2012, the Daily Telegraph revealed the results of their undercover investigation in clinics throughout the UK and reported that women are being granted illegal abortions by doctors based on the sex of their unborn baby.
Doctors at British clinics have been secretly filmed agreeing to terminate foetuses purely because they are either male or female. Clinicians admitted they were prepared to falsify paperwork to arrange the abortions even though it is illegal to conduct such “sex-selection” procedures. READ MORE HERE
In September 2013, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was accused of failing to uphold the law after it ruled that it would not be in the “public interest” to prosecute the two doctors exposed in an undercover Daily Telegraph investigation. Nothing has been done to date despite the public uproar. READ MORE HERE
On 15 January 2014, the Independent revealed their investigation which found that the illegal abortion of female foetuses solely to ensure that families have sons is widely practised within some ethnic communities in Britain and has resulted in significant shortfalls in the proportion of girls.
Ani Kirakosyan says she is afraid of getting pregnant because if the ultrasound shows the foetus is a girl she will have to consider having an abortion.
In ex-Soviet Armenia -- where families traditionally prefer sons -- women are often pressured to have sex-selective abortions to get rid of girl babies.
"Relatives were consoling me when I gave birth to my first daughter," said Kirakosyan, a 27-year-old resident of the Armenian capital, Yerevan.
"But when my second daughter was born, my mother-in-law told me that there must be no more girls, that I must finally bear my husband a son."
The majority-Christian Caucasus country of some three million has the third highest rate of abortions of female foetuses in the world, a figure that rose sharply after the breakup of the Soviet Union.