All across the world, girls are being discriminated against in deadly sex-selection abortions.
In some countries, tens of millions of girls are estimated to be missing from their populations because of the discriminatory practice.
Yet, one world power refuses to take action to stop it: the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), according to the Church Militant.
Officially, UNFPA opposes sex-selection abortions. According to its “State of World Population 2020” report, “Decisions to carry to term male but not female fetuses is a reflection of gender-discriminatory views that women and girls are worth less than men and boys.”
The agency rightly describes sex-selection abortions as a form of discrimination that “sends a message of girls’ and women’s inferiority, offending human rights through their ultimate devaluing.”
“As such, the practice of gender-biased sex selection is both a cause and a consequence of the ‘persistence of deep-rooted stereotypes on the roles and responsibilities of women’ and violates the human right to be treated equally, without regard to gender,” the report continues.
Later in the document, however, UNFPA refuses to support legislation to stop sex-selection abortions. The Church Militant described the contradiction as “abortion newspeak.”
The document states that “bans on sex selection are often ineffective and also infringe reproductive rights, including access to safe abortion in countries where abortion is legal. … solutions to gender-biased sex selection likely lie in tackling the preference for sons through changes in social norms.” But UNFPA does not suggest any meaningful solutions to the problem.
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Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D., of the Center for Family and Human Rights, or C-Fam, said UNFPA cannot have it both ways, “condemning one reason for abortion as a human rights violation and every other reason as a human right.”
Sex-selection abortions are a huge problem. In some cultures, especially in Asia, cultural preferences for male children are prevalent. As a result, unborn baby girls often are targeted for abortions.
Yoshihara said experts estimate that 1.2 million girls are killed every year in the practice.
India bans sex-selection abortions, but it remains a massive problem there. In 2001, India had 93 girls for every 100 boys. In 2016, the ratio was 89 girls for every 100 boys. Experts estimate tens of millions of girls are missing from the country.
In China, sex-selection abortions also are a problem, especially coupled with the communist leaders’ oppressive population control measures limiting families to one or two children. Recent reports have documented how men are struggling to find wives because so many girls are missing due to sex-selection abortions.
Meanwhile, in the United States, Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups fight to stop states from protecting unborn girls from sex-selection abortions. Only a few states ban the discriminatory practice. As one Planned Parenthood leader to the AP last year, “EVERY reason to have an abortion is a valid reason,” including for sex-selection.