When you hear the word ‘feminist’, what do you think of? I think of "abortion on demand". “Keep your Rosaries off my ovaries,” and Planned Parenthood. Mainstream feminism has become a movement hostile towards women who do not believe in so-called “reproductive rights” as we saw last year when pro-life New Wave Feminists was included, then excluded, from the 2016 Women’s March on Washington (1).
Today, October 11th 2017, is International Day of the Girl Child, defined by the United Nations as a day that “aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights".
The Charlotte Lozier Institute reports that “Sex-selective abortion is a well-known problem in China and India, where a cultural preference for sons, coupled with political and economic influences, has severely skewed sex ratios at birth (SRBs)". Instances of sex discrimination perpetrated via abortion and infanticide are well documented and have resulted in millions of “missing” girls in some societies. In China, for example, men outnumber women to the tune of 33 million. “More than 20 years ago, Amartya Sen (1990) documented that 100 million girls and women were 'missing' from the global population as a consequence of neglect, infanticide, and inequalities in care. The figure is now estimated to be in excess of 160 million, with sex-selective abortion playing a major role (Hvistendahl 2011)." Such practices constitute a real “war on women” and have been widely condemned. Those who claim to be concerned with women’s rights can no longer ignore the need to ban sex-selective abortion in order to protect girls from “gendercide.” (3)
Even if pro-life and pro-choice feminists cannot agree on abortion being a reproductive right, I hope that we can come together on the issue of sex-selective abortion, a practice that routinely chooses boys over girls. Developing human females are being denied the opportunity to be born and live life outside of the womb because of abortion. These girls are being oppressed and treated as lesser members of our community. They do not have voices, and they cannot defend themselves. Their rights as persons are being vehemently denied. It is time for feminists across the ideological spectrum to defend the right to be female in countries where being a girl gets you killed and challenge male-normative viewpoints. We cannot allow our disagreements to divide us on this issue that clearly needs to be addressed.