Posted By Jennie Chancey on May 26, 2011
Mariette Ulrich just posted an excellent commentary:
My husband and I have seven daughters. Each one is loved and cherished for the unique person that she is. It’s horrifying and mind-boggling to be reminded of how girls are regarded in some parts of the world.
India’s 2011 census shows a serious decline in the number of girls under the age of seven – activists fear eight million female foetuses may have been aborted in the past decade.
Of course the underlying malady has been omnipresent in India for centuries, and not just (as this BBC story seems to imply) since the 1970s and 80s, when prenatal ultrasound screening and sex-selective abortion became rampant. Before that, there were other methods to deal with unwanted girls: infanticide, abuse, neglect, abandonment….
Sorry, but the medical profession is not the problem. They are only providing a service, for which there is an insatiable demand. The demographic gender imbalance is not the issue, but the symptom of a fundamental cultural and societal disease.
Read the entire piece HERE.
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