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Sex Selection Abortion Hurts Living Women

by Sherry Crater

September 18, 2013

We have known for some time about China’s one child policy and the brutal consequences of that law for unborn females as well as living girls and young women. Now, Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey has alerted us to the consequences of sex-selection abortion and female infanticide in India.

In his commentary on “The Missing Girls of India” in the Washington Times on September 16, 2013, Rep. Smith informs us that India has a lopsided ratio of boys who are born to the number of girls born (126 boys for every 100 girls). The resulting shortage of females has led to increased trafficking in women, bride-selling, prostitution, child brides and even brothers sharing a woman.

It is time to connect the dots! The killing of girls in the womb and infanticide of baby girls in India has led to a shortage in the female population. That shortage of women, as Rep. Smith said, is resulting in young girls and women being trafficked, prostituted, sold, and shared to satisfy India’s disproportionately male population.

Who will defend the defenseless in the womb who are selected for death because they are girls? And, who will defend the living women who are being forced into unimaginable and horrific situations, clearly not of their choosing, because they lived and can be used? Who will speak up for the dignity, respect and intrinsic value of every woman?

200,000,000 Silent Voices

by Lindsay Smith

October 25, 2012

We live in a culture which clamors for political correctness. Our society demands equal access to everything from golf courses to father-daughter dances. But a society so consumed with a womans right to pills and procedures has failed to protect a females most precious right: birth!

Chances are youve heard mumblings about infant girls killed in other countries and cultures which favor sons. Perhaps you have only heard mumblings because 200 million voices are silent, 200 million pens cannot write, 200 million faces remain unseen; all because 200 million girls are missing in the world today. Based on these massive numbers, this issue, these girls, deserve more than our mumblings or passing comments; they deserves our full voice! A new documentary is amplifying this voice through media and personal testimonies Its a Girl, explains why these are The Three Deadliest Words in the World.

The trailer alone speaks boldly. Early in the clip, one man shares sobering statistics: Today,India andChina eliminate more girls than the number of girls born inAmerica every year. Abandoned, aborted, smothered, strangled killed: as the film reveals, this is the plight for many girls in these countries. Sadly, the future isnt much brighter for those who survive infancy:

One in three girls in the developing world, as young as 7 to 10 years old, face being forced into marriage every day. These child brides are two times as likely to be beaten by their husbands, are often treated as property, and rarely see the opportunity to get an education.

While shocking in their nature, these hardships are not a surprising consequence of a culture which discounts women in the womb. If we want to increase a womans access to education or eradicate domestic violence, we have to first promote her dignity in the womb! As Melissa Ohden, an abortion survivor, explains, defending women begins with defending life:

If its acceptable to end the life of a child simply because she is a female, how then do we stop the floodgates of abuse, violence, sex trafficking and the like? How do we draw the line in the sand to protect and respect women at one point in their lives when we fail to protect and respect women at their most vulnerable point: developing in the womb?

This documentary reminds us all that gendercide doesnt just destroy baby girls overseas; it damages the dignity of women everywhere.

While the documentary mainly focuses on issues in Indiaand China, sex-selection fatalities are not isolated to these countries. In fact, they are not even isolated to that country over there. A recent blog exposes the occurrence of sex-selection on our own soil. It might surprise you to know India and China (along with 32 other countries) have laws against sex-selection, but the United States does not! Only four states in our country ban sex-selection abortion, but thanks to Live Action, we know these laws do little to deter some clinics from performing them.

Girls are threatened overseas; girls are threatened in our own communities; girls are threatened for being girls. These three words are being uttered all over the world today: Its a Girl! But the question remains, will she survive as one?

If you would like more information on this documentary or would like to get involved with this cause, click here.

ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas on India’s Gendercide

by Family Research Council

December 21, 2011

Earlier this month, Elizabeth Vargas of ABC hosted a special report documenting the appalling practice of sex selection abortion in India. She traveled to India after hearing about the gendercide of girls in India.

Six months ago, I traveled to India to see firsthand what the prime minister of that country calls a national shame. It is the systematic, widespread, shocking elimination of Indias baby girls. Some 50,000 female fetuses are aborted every month in India. Baby girls are often killed at birth, either thrown into rivers, or left to die in garbage dumps. Its estimated that one million girls in India disappear every year.”

Ms. Vargas describes what she calls the “dirty little secret” related to ultrasonography in India. “We walked down street after street and saw signs everywhere advertising ultrasound services. There are even technicians who pack portable ultrasounds and travel to villages offering their services. The dirty little secret is that many couples use the ultrasound to find out the sex of their baby.”

She explains the gendercide’s primary motivating factor: money.

The reason so many Indians do this is financial. A family with a girl will pay a dowry to her husbands family when she marries. It is a long cultural tradition in India that new laws cannot seem to break. So a girl means the family will lose money, property, or cattle on the wedding day. A boy means the family will gain those things. The illegal ultrasounds and the illegal gender abortions are used by Indias middle class to guarantee they get sons.

Poor women who cannot afford these services will simply kill or abandon their babies. Some will take their newborn girls to a drop box, usually in the middle of the night, and leave the baby there. One drop box is at a place called the Unique Orphanage in Punjab. We went from the village with no women, to the orphanage with no boys. There are only girls here…60 of them…all cared for by a wonderful woman who will raise each and every one. It is striking to see all those little faces, some two days old, others teenagers, all unwanted by their biological families. They are actually the lucky ones. Their parents didnt kill them. They now have someone who loves them.”

Vargas also describes the disproportionate number of males to females in certain Indian localities. “50,000 girl fetuses are aborted every month in India. It is a staggering number. And it has created whole villages where there are hardly any women. We went to one such village in the province of Haryana. Everywhere we looked, we saw boys, young men, old men, but very, very few women. It was unsettling, especially because we knew this was not some freak of nature, but a result of the deliberate extermination of girls.”

Religious Persecution in India Should be on President’s Agenda

by Rob Schwarzwalder

November 24, 2009

Official Washington is all atwitter about the state dinner to be given tonight to Indias Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh. There have been newspaper articles filled with stories of guest lists, menus and the anecdotes of past dinner attendees.

India is a large nation, in geography and population. Its friendship with the United States benefits both countries, and all Americans should welcome its respected PM to our shores.

India is also a nation rife with problems that dwarf those in our own: Massive corruption that stultifies economic growth and robs the poor of needed resources; endemic poverty affecting tens of millions; a weak educational system, fraught with caste-system bias; nearly 300 million Dalits, or untouchables, viewed in Hindu theology as sub-human and treated with contempt by their own society. Sexual slavery and human trafficking also present profound and enduring challenges to all conscientious Indian political leaders.

Religious persecution in India is also on the rise. Such Web sites as Open Doors, Catholic Online and Voice of the Martyrs provide chilling descriptions of what happens to Christians who stand for their faith in areas where devout Hindu and Muslim activists are determined to squash Christian faith violently.

Consider just one example, this one detailed in the UKs Guardian newspaper:

We cannot now return to the village as the murderers would be on the streets with more hatred and anger for us.” So said a witness after testifying last month in a courtroom in Kandhamal district in India’s eastern state of Orissa, which was the scene last year of ferocious violence against Christians carried out by mobs incited by extremist Hindu nationalists. The case saw three men acquitted of hacking to death a non-Christian tribal leader who tried to stand up to the mobs, and burning to death an elderly widow. They were convicted for destroying evidence, but sent home on bail, pending appeal. (Orissas Forgotten Victims, November 23, 2009).

Family Research Council hopes that President Obama will raise the issue of anti-Christian persecution with Prime Minister Singh. To PM Singhs credit, he has made strong statements against anti-Christian violence, noting that Christianity is part of Indias national heritage (www.oikumen.org/gr/news, October 20, 2008) and condemned the anti-Christian assaults in the province of Orissa (www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com, August 29, 2008).

But as events of recent days indicate, much more must be done. It is in Americas interest for us to press our friends to live to the principles of human dignity and religious liberty to which they are sworn. By doing so, we are standing true to our own principles, and standing with those suffering for owning the Name of Jesus.