Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Illegal sex-selective abortions uncovered in India
This week in Maharashtra, India, a doctor and his brother were charged and convicted for performing illegal sex-selective abortions. Since 1994 it has been illegal to find out the sex of the baby a woman is carrying, a law passed to prevent sex-selective abortions. In India as well as many other Asian countries, these types of abortions have been performed because many expecting mothers do not want a female child. A daughter comes with different responsibilities than a son, such as a dowry for when she marries. Because of this, female fetuses are being aborted to lessen those responsibilities, but this also resulted in having the male to female child ratio drop dramatically to 89/100. Because of this, there is an increased demand for wives, which has and continues to feed the human trafficking and sex trafficking industries.
These selective abortions tie into eugenics, a movement popular during the 1940's. The purpose of eugenics was to get rid of the "weaker" races and people that were disabled or mentally handicapped. It also relates to the feminism movement, in which many people fight to end the discrimination based on sex and/or gender.
Could this relate to any other historical events? If so, which ones?
How could this relate to the current conflict over abortion rights?
Link to CNN article