Updated: Jul 27
Violence against women “is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today."
Days such as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women were created by the United Nations as part of a noble effort to put an end to such violence, but there is hypocrisy in the ranks of this movement that must be noted.
Before sonogram technology was developed, female infanticide and child abandonment were common in cultures that favored male children over females. Once prenatal gender determination technology became available, it led to an astronomical number of gender-based abortions (a form of "gendercide").
Not only has the practice led to up to a 25% disparity in male-to-female births in some parts of the world since the 1990s, but it's also shown to have increased sexual violence and trafficking.
Groups claiming that abortions empower women will simultaneously decry gender-biased sex selection as discrimination. So, which is it? Empowerment or discrimination?
Having the right to abort a daughter because a son is preferred is either a part of a woman's right to choose or it is not.
It can't be both.