January 12, 2006

BUT ABORTION SEEMS SO PRO-WOMAN...:

India's 'girl deficit' deepest among educated: Study: Selective-sex abortion claims 500,000 girls a year. (Scott Baldauf, 1/13/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

The use of ultrasound equipment to determine the sex of an unborn child - introduced to India in 1979 - has now spread to every district in the country. The study found it played a crucial role in thetermination of an estimated 10 million female fetuses in the two decades leading up to 1998, and 5 million since 1994, the year the practice was banned. Few doctors in regular clinics offer the service openly, but activists estimate that sex-selection is a $100 million business in India, largely through mobile sex-selection clinics that can drive into almost any village or neighborhood.

The practice is common among all religious groups - Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Muslims, and Christians - but appears to be most common among educated women, a fact that befuddles public health officials and women's rights activists alike.


You have to have been paying profoundly little attention to the demographic crisis in the developed world to be surprised by that.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 12, 2006 7:56 PM
Comments

It is pro-woman. Singular.
Pro-females, plural? Well, this article indicates that it isn't quite so. And certainly not pro-man, for those of marrying age.

But for certain individual women? Yeah, it is all about them.

Posted by: Mikey at January 13, 2006 10:58 AM

I look forward to Margaret Atwood's novel on this phenomenon.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at January 13, 2006 11:16 AM
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