Recently there was quite a heated discussion on Amnesty’s spat with the Roman Catholic Church over the former’s support for abortion. Most people on the thread supported a woman’s right to choose, but what about if a woman is aborting her child because of the sex? Should there, or even can there, be legislation to prevent this?
Joanne Payton, at the International Campaign Against Honour Killings, reports that the Chief Minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal, called for female foeticide to be equated with:
Murder in terms of punishment, as it was a heinous crime perpetrated by anti-social elements in the society and must be condemned by one and all.
Female foeticide seems to be especially prevalent in the Indian state of Punjab, with only 776 girls for every 1,000 boys.
Nearly all of us would agree that this is extremely distasteful, and not an ideal situation, but can anything be done about it other than trying to persuade Indians that aborting females because of their sex is wrong? Indian society as a whole needs to learn to value women more, and cut out the practice of dowry if they want to save their next generation of females. With superior ultrasound it will become easier to detect the sex of the baby, so the situation may get worse before it gets better. If women are already second-class citizens before they are even born, what hope do they have?
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