December 11, 2014
As new reproductive technologies are being discovered, there has been many controversy of selective abortions. Modern technology, particularly the ultrasound, allows parents to discover the sex of their children long before birth. Sex-selection abortion is used to prevent the birth of a child of an undesired sex: abortion is chosen solely on the basis of the unborn baby's gender. The victims of these abortions are overwhelmingly female. In parts of Asia and India, it is believed there is selective abortion, though there is no proof.!
Selective abortion, also known as selective reduction, is a fairly new phenomenon, and much like any other form of abortion, selective
“Killing the little girls of the world - the lingering problem of female infanticide”
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December 11, 2014
abortion raises a whole host of ethical and moral questions. Sex-selective abortions happen because the pregnant woman’s culture favors one sex over the other- usually, male over female. For instance, in China, families will abort a female fetus or abandon a female infant because they want a male infant.
Males stay with the family, and carry on the family name while females are married off to another family and basically lose their birth family. For this reason, males are valued higher than females. And for this reason sexselective abortions occur. This was rare before the late 20th century because of the difficulty of determining the sex of the fetus before birth. The ultrasound has made it easier to have abortions. Most abortions are caused because the pregnancy is unplanned and having a child causes crisis in the woman. There is no proof of sex-selective abortions, the ratio of males and females but according to The Washington Times, there are about 6.7 million abortions in India annually. Earlier this year, the U.K.-based medical journal, The Lancet, reported that about 500,000 female fetuses, or one in
China has the highest abortion twenty five, are selectively aborted each year rates in the world. According across India.! to the Chinese health oﬃcials,
Traditionally preference over male children coupled with China's Onethere are 13 million abortion
Child Policy has led to a common place practice for couples to practice each year. A report done in sex-selective pregnancy termination. Because of males stay with the
2003 by The World Health family and carry family name, females are being aborted or killed. On
Organization and the the other hand, females are married off to
Guttmacher Institute revealed there are 42 million another family and basically lose their birth
“It shall be illegal family. For that reason males valued higher that abortions worldwide and 9 million from China. than females. Men and woman have to perform an different similarities but are created equal. abortion for the There are many reasons why females are valued as much, they cannot hold sole purpose of not property in some societies so a male child is sex selection.” essential for a family to retain its wealth.