"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Monday, June 20, 2011


That's the number of girls aborted in the past three decades, according to a new book by Mara Hvistendahl called Unnatural Selection, reviewed by Jonathan Last in today's Wall Street Journal.   The culprit is sex-selective abortion, practiced primarily in India and China.   Here is the horror paragraph:
In nature, 105 boys are born for every 100 girls. This ratio is biologically ironclad. Between 104 and 106 is the normal range, and that's as far as the natural window goes. Any other number is the result of unnatural events.

Yet today in India there are 112 boys born for every 100 girls. In China, the number is 121—though plenty of Chinese towns are over the 150 mark. China's and India's populations are mammoth enough that their outlying sex ratios have skewed the global average to a biologically impossible 107. But the imbalance is not only in Asia. Azerbaijan stands at 115, Georgia at 118 and Armenia at 120.

What is causing the skewed ratio: abortion. If the male number in the sex ratio is above 106, it means that couples are having abortions when they find out the mother is carrying a girl. By Ms. Hvistendahl's counting, there have been so many sex-selective abortions in the past three decades that 163 million girls, who by biological averages should have been born, are missing from the world.
Where are feminists on this issue?   Where are liberals?   Where is basic human decency?   More than 25 Holocausts perpetrated on little baby girls... and yet the silence is deafening.   If Ms. Hvistendahl's numbers are wrong, tell us why they're wrong and prove it.   If they're right, tell us why this carnage is a good thing.   Explain how this is moral in any recognizable moral universe.   

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