In January I wrote about the “global war against baby girls“: how the widespread use of sonogram technology—coupled with liberal abortion laws—has made it easier than ever for women to identify the sex of their child so that those without a Y chromosome can be killed before they’re even born.
Recently, there have been several news items related to female gendercide:
The Story: The House began debate Wednesday on a bill that would ban abortions based on the sex of a child.
Summary: According to the Washington Post, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) would punish doctors with up to five years in prison for performing abortions because the parents are seeking a child of the other sex. Republican supporters cast the bill as a measure designed to protect the civil rights of unborn children—especially babies born to minority parents. As the bill was drafted, Democrats accused Republicans of disingenuously tying the issue to the legacy of civil rights leaders. Although all Republicans are expected to support the bill, the legislation may not pass because of lack of support from Democrats.
The Story: In India thousands of baby girls are abandoned each year, an extension of sex selection practices that, according to a 2011 study in The Lancet, include half a million abortions in that country every year. Most abandoned babies die and only a few are rescued.
Summary: The Atlantic reports that for the past five years the idea of a baby hatch has been slowly resurrected in India. There are already some baby hatches operating in India, in the state of Tamil Nadu. A United Nations Population Fund report explains, “Instead of resorting to female infanticide, parents who were unwilling to bring up their female babies could place them anonymously in cradles located in noon meal centres, PHCs, selected orphanages and NGOs. Subsequent to their placement in cradles, babies were to be placed for adoption.” Since the program’s inception in 1992 in selected districts, some 390 boys and 2400 girls have been safely left, according to the Tamil Nadu government’s directorate of social welfare.
The Story: An undercover video produced by the pro-life group Live Action shows Planned Parenthood willing to perform sex-selection termination of a baby girl.
Denny Burk has more on Planned Parenthood’s response to the video.