The danger of sex selection

From Australia’s

Sex selection of foetuses in India has led to 7.1 million fewer girls than boys up to age six, a gender gap that has widened by more than a million in a decade, according to a study released today.  In Indian families in which the first child has been a girl, more and more parents with access to prenatal ultrasound testing are aborting a second female in the hope that a subsequent pregnancy will yield a boy, said the study, published in The Lancet. The increasingly lopsided ratio of girls to boys is larger in wealthy households than poorer ones, the researchers reported. Between 1980 and 2010, they estimate, four to 12 million girls were aborted because of their sex. “Selective abortion of female foetuses, usually after a firstborn girl, has increased in India over the past few decades, and has contributed to a widening imbalance in the child sex ratio,” they conclude.

Compared to China?

Unlike Beijing, New Delhi does not enforce the kind of “one-child policy” that led to the selective abortion of firstborn females in China. The practice has left the country with 32 million more boys than girls, creating an imbalance that will endure for decades. In China, 94 per cent of unmarried people aged 28 to 49 are male.

Next time the Bioethics Council suggests sex selection is ok, tell them to get stuffed and find a new job.


1 comment for “The danger of sex selection

  1. Massoud
    27 May 2011 at 8:56 pm

    We see an example above of two types of oppression: one cultural and one political.India, due to a totally unjust cultural preference for males that exists in many parts of the Asian sub-continent, sometimes partially based on patriarchial religion. And China, due to the machinations of a past-it, hungover, form of Marxist-Leninism that denies human beings their individualisation.

    The trouble is, particularly with China,is that you have governments that could quite happily expend these restless young men in some territorial ambition.

    Our problem is not so much with the Bioethics Council as with pea-brained, ambitious, materialistic, grasping, image-conscious middle/upper class prosperous parents who see their children as little more than a brand extension of their own lives and their pathetic love affair with our “Keep up with the Jones” society.

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