Thursday, June 30, 2011

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

I am struggling to understand why mainstream feminists are not speaking out in a meaningful way against sex-selection through abortion. It seems like a no-brainer to me that no matter what your views are on abortion you would be horrified by a culture that uses abortion to prevent births based on gender. Even if you do not recognize sex-selection abortion as killing women in the womb, it is clearly motivated by a devaluation of women that must be addressed. So where are the voices of the feminist movement speaking out against this human rights violation?

I think many of them feel like they are in between a rock a hard place on this issue. They fully believe in the right to choose abortion for any reason so how can they be upset when someone exercises that right even if they don't agree with the reasons. If abortion advocates start restricting abortion for certain reasons then they would have to admit that the right to choose is not absolute which would be very dangerous for the future of abortion rights. One example of a abortion rights advocate in this situation is Mara Hvistendahl, author of the book, “Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men." She seeks to bring attention to and prevent sex-selection, but makes it clear that restricting abortion is not  the way to go, because, "‘the Christian right’—as she labels those whose politics differ from her own—will use sex-selective abortion as part of a wider war on abortion itself.”

The reality of the situation is that sex-selection through abortion is an extreme example of the attitude surrounding abortion-on-demand. If the choice to "terminate a pregnancy" can be made for reasons such as the financial or emotional desires of the parents or because of a genetic disorder or illness the child has, then it is a logical next step to terminate based on gender, one could even classify being female as a "genetic disorder." I think the moral outrage we rightly feel when we are confronted with sex-selection through abortion should be a wake up call that there is something fundamentally wrong with the entire abortion-on-demand culture.

No comments:

Post a Comment