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Selective Abortion: A Plague in India

Selective Abortion: A Plague in India


An article published by the international medical journal The Lancet on April 8 seeks to quantify and give the characteristics of this kind of feminicide committed in India.

Medicine and statistics use the term sex ratio to denote the ratio of the number of births of girls to the number of births of boys. This sex ratio may vary somewhat by region. There are normally around 950 girls born for every 1000 boys.

Various studies have shown that since the 1970s the number of births of girls has fallen relative to the number of births of boys worldwide. The lack of female births currently reaches over 1.6 million per year. Which makes a total of around 30 million between 1980 and 2010.

However, half of that number is attributable to India. By the mid-1980s, prenatal sex diagnostic techniques were widely used in the country and used in particular to eliminate girls.

It is true that a 1994 law prohibits the use of these techniques to perform sex-selective abortions, but it has remained ineffective.

The Lancet study confirmed this finding: the sex ratio fell to 914 girls per 1,000 boys in 2011, and the decline continues. The number of abortions for girls is over 15 million more than that for boys.

The study also shows that this elimination affects the wealthiest fifth of the population, and also people living in extreme poverty. And the fact of already having one or two daughters augments the risk of this selective elimination for a subsequent pregnancy.

The finding is certainly not new. In 2018, an article in L’Express read: “Indian society has made 63 million girls disappear and it’s a tragedy.” It is the comparison with the number of abortions of boys, less than 15 million, which gives the explanation. And a Newsweek report in 2019 revealed that there had not been a single female birth in three months in a district in northern India, as opposed to 216 births of boys.

This imbalance in the sex ratio is starting to produce the effects one could imagine: increased violence especially between men seeking to marry, and against women whose numbers are dwindling. Rape is the most visible manifestation of this. And this is only the beginning of the difficulties.

This article from The Lancet shines a new light on the monstrous gravity of abortion, the complicity of the states which have legislated to make it possible and which have provided the technical means for this selective elimination of girls.

All attempts by the Indian government to try to curb the phenomenon – financial incentives in some Indian states for the birth of a girl, jail time for determining the sex of the child by ultrasound – have failed so far.

But how to escape from it, when the abortion “professionals” – Planned Parenthood – claim that the only truth is: “EVERY reason to have an abortion is a valid reason.” 

Abortion is a crime, and the only way to escape all the consequences it drags behind it, is to suppress it and obey natural and divine law.


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