Monday, December 18, 2006

Slaughter of the Innocents in India

A friend sent me an absolutely depressing article this morning about the estimated 10 million girls killed in India in the past 20 years. The ratios of female to male births in India right now is alarmingly low, and the explanation is simple: girls are seen as a liability. As an overall concept this is nothing new. Countries like China which are overcrowded usually only allow a family to have one female child. This is why so many Chinese girls are available for adoption.

In India, however, they simply choose to terminate the life of the child instead. The article describes some of the horrible ways this happens. For instance, upon delivery when it is visually confirmed that the infant is a female, and when the baby opens its mouth to give her first cry, they will shove sand in her throat to suffocate her.

When I first began reading this article, it didn't take long for me to consider posting it here. But when I reached the end of the article I knew I absolutely had to because I wanted to comment a little further on some of the ridiculous things I read.

Towards the end of the article, Renuka Chowdhury (India's Minister for Women and Child Development) said that the key to changing this practice was the "economic empowerment of women." According to Chowdhury, this practice stems from social prejudices against women, and that if women are empowered to earn as men do that such social prejudices will vanish (and this horrible practice along with it).

That is quite demonstrably false.

One need look no further than the United States in the past 50 years. Women in this country have been increasingly "economically empowered" to the point where the single working mother has been glorified in news, television, movies and print. Much is made of the divine right of women to do whatever they choose, and in particular the choice of whether or not to terminate the life of an unborn child is militantly defended. One of the byproducts of the "economic empowerment of women" is a dramatic increase in the practice of abortion....NOT a decrease as the Indian Minister suggests.

Now, don't get me wrong. I have no trouble with the notion of women being given equal pay for equal work. I do not in any way support the notion of economic discrimination on the basis of sex. But I do know that the issue of abortion is invariably closely tied to the push for "economic empowerment" and that simply empowering women in this way is not gonna do it.

The root cause of the problem is failure to recognize the sanctity of life, and the fact that that extends to conception. Until the culture moves to embrace that, and the laws of the nation reflect it, you will not stem the tide of infanticide. May God's people work in an amongst the nation of India to stop this horrible practice.


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