Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The right to live

There's an article in today's Courier Mail that states that there have been 10 million baby girls in India aborted or victims of gendercide in the past twenty years. It's heartbreaking. TEN MILLION. I don't even know how to comprehend a number that big, especially when it relates to human life.

I don't want this to be a morbid entry, but I share it because awareness and education about these issues need mainstreaming.

As most of us know, the same issues are prevalent in China... still. This presentation was shared at the 2007 UN conference on the status of women. It's focus is on the issues related to female abandonment and preference for boys in China. Some alarming facts are presented, but they need to be made known. Whacked out ratios. Steady patterns. Social insanity. And laws that mean if you abandon a baby girl you are punished, but if you kill her it's ignored.

And the wait to adopt gets longer.

3 comments:

leisa said...

wow hard to read. All the rationale of waiting goes out the window when you have that information. But inter country adoption won't change anything, radical social change is required, not just in China but the whole world.

Anonymous said...

Is abortion ok if you know the gender?
In Australia with a population of about 21 million there are approx 100,000 abortions a year.
If we scaled this up to a population of 1 billion (India) then Australia would abort almost 5 million babies a year. Aborting at that rate for twenty years translates to 100 million babies.
Shock! Horror!

Anonymous said...

Is abortion ok if you don't know the gender?