Female Feticide

From Aborting Women’s Rights:

So prevalent is this trend that the delicate balance required to maintain healthy populations is becoming badly skewed. According to an article in The New Atlantis:

“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.”

When feminists talk about abortion, they do so in terms of women’s rights. Legalized abortion empowers women, they assert, because it puts them in control over their bodies; it gives them the choice whether or not to bear a child who has been conceived. What these proponents of “liberty” fail to consider, however, is that in many cases women are “choosing” abortion at the behest of someone else. Cultural pressures, fear of retaliation, and other factors are driving them to end the lives of their unborn children because daughters are deemed undesirable. Thus, abortion is being used as an instrument of oppression against females, not as a tool of liberation.

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?

For the sake of millions of unborn women around the world, here’s hoping this trend puts some pressure the pro-abortion movement to reconsider the implications of their inhuman and inhumane conception of human “rights.”

6 thoughts on “Female Feticide

  1. vivian

    I wasn’t sure whether I should dignify such a post with a response, but here it is: the cause of female feticide is *sexism*, NOT abortion. Abortion is neutral; it is merely a tool.

    As an analogy, many women are murdered yearly by their husbands. By your reasoning, should we then seek to ban knives? Or should we instead focus on educating everyone and trying to prevent the sexist power relations and hopelessness battered women face?

    1. uOttawa Students For Life Post author

      Hi Vivian,
      Thanks for stopping by. Education is definitely needed to counter sexism and we cannot accept attitudes that lead to this. Your analogy is interesting, but while knives are mostly used to chop food, abortions are always done to end a life. As we work together to educate everyone about the value of daughters, do you feel comfortable with allowing this “tool” to claim the lives of significant number of them in the meantime?

      1. vivian li

        “Your analogy is interesting, but while knives are mostly used to chop food, abortions are always done to end a life.”

        Insofar as you make a distinction between the *function* of these tools (knives and abortion), it is important not to separate it from the context from which we’re arguing. Just like knives can be used for “good” (e.g. chopping food) or “bad” (e.g. murder) purposes, so too can abortion be used for “good” (e.g. abortion on ‘legitimate’ reasons) or “bad” (e.g. female feticide) purposes. My point was that, like knives, it does not therefore follow that we should ban legal abortion just because it can be used unethically in *some* instances.

        “…do you feel comfortable with allowing this “tool” to claim the lives of significant number of [daughters] in the meantime?”

        Of course I don’t. But banning abortion will not ameliorate the problem at all. As long as these societies in which female feticide mostly occurs are still saturated with overt and extreme sexism against women, women will continue to face violence against them in a plethora of other ways, regardless of the accessibility of legal abortion. It’s not abortion that’s the issue, it’s *misogyny* — and the outlawing of abortion in these societies will only divert violence and hatred against women into other manifestations.

      2. uOttawa Students For Life Post author

        Did you see this article? Is wanting a male baby a ‘bad’ reason for an abortion? And if so, what’s a ‘good’ one?

        “Is wanting to abort a developing child because she is female worse than wanting to abort a developing child because he has Down syndrome? And do adults with Down syndrome, and their families, get a say in the answer to that question?

        Is wanting to abort a developing child because she is female worse than wanting to abort a developing child for no particular reason at all? Or to spite a husband or boyfriend? Or as a form of birth control?”

        If violence and hatred were in fact manifested in different forms than abortion because it was banned, women would at least have a fighting chance and we would be more able to take action to help them. Surely we don’t want the problem of misogyny to lead us to accept the killing of baby girls because they would be mistreated later in life.

    1. uOttawa Students For Life Post author

      Hi Isabelle,
      Thanks for stopping by! The only place SFUO approval is necessary is in the University Centre, where we decided not to poster. Community Life Service approval is required for posting on their boards, but we didn’t poster there either. You’ll notice that many posters on campus are not stamped.


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