June 16, 2005


Red China: Ultrasounds Used to Kill Girls (Gary Bauer, Jun 16, 2005, Human Events)

In the United States, ultrasound image technology has been instrumental in establishing the unborn child as a living, breathing, sensing person. [...]

In China, however ultrasound technology functions as the means to a much different end. There, because of the Communist government’s brutal 25-year one child policy, and since boys are considered more valuable than girls—as they carry on the family name and are expected to care for aging parents—ultrasound machines are employed to determine the sex of the baby. Then, if the baby is a girl, abort her.

How revealing that the very same technology—used in one nation to save lives—is exploited in another to snuff out the existence of those lives deemed unfit or less valuable.

The contrasting uses of ultrasound highlight the profound ideological cleft that separates America from China.

American democracy holds that every person possesses an inherent, God-given and inalienable dignity and value. While our legal and political institutions have sometimes failed to recognize these self-evident truths, the United States, because of its foundation in faith, usually ultimately overcomes the temptation to regard utility as the sole criterion for measuring anyone’s worth.

Chinese communism, on the other hand, values efficiency and utility.

There's nothing more chilling than hearing someone boast that their "morality" is utilitarian or pragmatic.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 16, 2005 6:34 AM

Here in Omaha, we have Peter "infanticide is okay" Singer showing up for a lecture.

Somehow it is not surprising that the First Unitarian Church of Omaha is sponsoring the event. It is also not surprising that a guy named Richard Holland (who is a big buddy of Warren "the boat is too full" Buffett) is paying for the lecture.

Posted by: pchuck at June 16, 2005 10:55 AM

Whereas India's gender-selective abortions are implicitly AOK.

Posted by: ghostcat at June 16, 2005 12:05 PM

"All societies are based on rules to protect pregnant women and young children. All else is surplusage, excrescence, adornment, luxury, or folly which can - and must - be dumped in emergency to preserve this prime function. As racial survival is the only universal morality, no other basic is possible. Attempts to formulate a "perfect society" on any foundation other than "Women and children first!" is not only witless, it is automatically genocidal. Nevertheless, starry-eyed idealists (all of them male) have tried endlessly - and no doubt will keep on trying." -- Robert Heinlein

Posted by: jd watson at June 16, 2005 12:13 PM


Where's he speaking? Ernie Chamber's house?

Posted by: Matt Murphy at June 16, 2005 3:13 PM

Has Jeff Guinn shown up around here since OJ told him that, using his utilitarian ethics, there must be some point at which he would want his wife killed? I don't think he was too happy with that.

When I hear people describe their "utilitarian" ethics, I get a feeling that they must not be acquainted with the twentieth century.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at June 16, 2005 3:21 PM

China currently is encouraging birthing girls since recognizing the disaster they encouraged.

Posted by: Genecis at June 16, 2005 4:33 PM

Matt: UNO, the Scott Center at Aksarben.

Posted by: pchuck at June 16, 2005 4:42 PM


I attend UNO. Ewwwww.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at June 16, 2005 4:57 PM