Greatest Genocide in History: Sex Selective Abortions!
It is estimated by historians that about 72 million people were killed during the Second World War. Of this number 25 million died in combat, as much as 11 million were killed in the Nazi Holocaust and another 20 million perished in war-induced famine. But this is not the single event with the largest killing of human beings in history.Read further here.
Demographers and economists estimate that today over a 100 million women have been killed globally by societies that prefer sons over daughters. While guns, bombs and Zyklon B (the gas agent in the Nazi gas chambers) were used to kill during World War II, the present genocide against women is carried out by abortions, drowning, strangulation and nutritional and medical neglect. Unlike during a war where the combatants are known and kill only the enemy, in this genocide of women, it is the girl child’s most trusted and loved ones who kill her. It is important to understand that these 100 million women should have been alive and living today if not for the fact that they were killed, often directly in the form of abortion, killing after birth and death due to medical negligence and discrimination over food. It is important to understand that unlike in war where state institutions and politics is responsible for the deaths, here parents and close relatives of the unborn girl and the girl child are responsible for the deaths.
The blood of these 100 million dead women and girls is on our hands as our hallowed families, which are meant to nurture and protect, have turned into killers of their own girls.
2. Joseph R Reisert discusses why Sex-Selective Abortion is and should be considered profoundly wrong by even those who are pro-choice:
Once science has made something possible -- the killing of fetal human life, for example -- it can seem reasonable to leave it up to the individual conscience whether to choose abortion or choose life.Read further here.
Occasionally, however, the reality of moral knowledge reasserts itself. Girls and boys simply are equally human and equally valuable, whatever social incentives anyone may have to deny it.
Choosing to abort females selectively is, for that reason, profoundly wrong -- and, in fact, sex-selective abortions are widely prohibited internationally. Such prohibitions, moreover, refute the idea that abortion generally should be regarded as a woman's "choice," which she can exercise at her own discretion, for any reason.
Though it cannot be proved scientifically, the value of life is not a matter of choice.
3. A bit from the Indian Government: Govt drops move for a stricter Sati Law
The UPA government has dropped attempts to strengthen the anti-Sati law, more than 20 years after it was first enacted. This comes at a time when the women's reservation bill has been relegated to the backburner.Read the rest here.
The amendments to the Commission of Sati (Prevention) Act, 1987, had met with resistance in the Cabinet over some clauses. The proposed law was expected to increase prison terms for those committing as well as glorifying the practice while holding the entire community responsible for the act.
Sources in the women and child development ministry said the amendments have been dropped following political pressure.