Sex selection Infanticide versus abortion in India

Gita Aravamudan wrote a book about the gender imbalance in China, India, and a number of other countries, brought about by the infanticide and abortion of girl babies. She describes the coming crisis as more and more men are unable to find partners, and chronicles how population control activists helped fuel the crisis. From her book:

One Indian woman, Lakshmi who had a living 4-year-old daughter and whose 2nd daughter died under mysterious circumstances (suspected infanticide) was 7 months pregnant and considered “high risk”was interviewed by the author. One of the men standing around her said:

“Look at her. If she has one more girl what will she do? Think of all the expenses. Think of all the clothes she will have to buy, the jewelry she will have to make. Think of the coming of age ceremony she will have to perform, the varadatchinai and seer varisai she will have to give. Where do you think the money will come from? One girl is bad enough…”

From Lakshmi herself:

“It is all very well for you town people to speak. You can afford to have yourself tested by machines and kill the girl child even when it is in the womb. In what way is that less of a crime? Is that not also killing? Has any town woman been arrested for that?”

Gita Aravamudan Disappearing Daughters: the Tragedy of Female Foeticide (New Delhi, India: Penguin Books India, 2007) 10-11

Lakshmi has a point. Is it so different to kill a baby right before birth or to kill her right after? Abortions for sex selection are by definition late-term abortions because the sex of the baby cannot be determined until 18 – 20 weeks.

20 weeks . Is killing this baby now morally acceptable while killing her a few months later is morally wrong?
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Author: Sarah

Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

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