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What the mainstream media miss about sex-selection

June 28, 2011

New York Times editorial columnist Ross Douthat notes that mainstream observers in the West have finally noticed the problem of sex-selection, which has produced a striking disproportion in the number of male and female children in China, India, and other countries. But these observers, Douthat says, still fail to mention two prominent facts:

First, the disproportionate birth rates--which have resulted in 100 million "missing" women--are attributable directly to the acceptance of abortion. In societies where families feel heavy pressure to produce male heirs, girl babies are routinely aborted.

Second--as Douthat puts it--"Western governments and philanthropic institutions have their fingerprints all over the story of the world’s missing women." The foundations and government agencies that have pushed for aggressive family-planning programs, and for acceptance of legal abortion, are responsible for the deaths of those 100 million unborn baby girls.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 29, 2011 11:34 AM ET USA

    Everyone will face God’s judgment for this crime against humanity. But there is a real world consequence of eliminating so many women. It is hinted at in a small phrase at the end of the story: gender-imbalanced countries tend to be violent & unstable. We have seen this in history. A large cohort of unmarried young men who have no hope of marrying & creating a family to which they can direct their energy. What violence & instability will they cause & how widespread will it be?

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Jun. 28, 2011 9:42 PM ET USA

    The consequences of trying to change the natural order of God's universe (not to mention God's laws) can only end in ruin.