Liberal newspaper The Economist reported in a cover story in 2010 about what it dubbed ‘Gendercide’ or ‘The War on Baby Girls’ causing 130 million unborn or newborn girls to be murdered. Seven years later it seems that raising awareness of this crime against humanity has contributed to a decline in the barbaric practices. Even so, there are long-lasting devastating effects on many Asian societies.
Gendercide, defined as “the systematic extermination of a particular gender,” has become widespread in China in particular, where the Communist Party’s “One Child Policy” coupled with a traditional preference for male children, has had catastrophic consequences. With the use of ultrasound equipment, couples can determine the sex of their child and choose to abort an unborn female. In other cases, midwives have been reported to deliver “stillborn” girls by strangling the female infant with the umbilical cord as she is delivered. These barbaric practices have led to a deep gender imbalance in China, whose ratio of male to female births has grown to 120:100, compared to a world average of 105:100.
The Economist is now reporting that these trends, which are also evidenced in India, Pakistan and some other Asian countries, have started to reverse in the past few years. This good news is most likely related to tremendous efforts made by pro-life organisations who have dedicated themselves to raising public awareness of this particular crime of the abortion industry. One such NGO, All Girls Allowed, describes its mission as:
- Exposing the injustice of China’s One-Child Policy;
- Rescuing girls and mothers from gendercide in society; and
- Celebrating women by embracing them as equal image-bearers of God through our pledge: “In Jesus’ Name, Simply Love Her”
Some of the shocking statistics in relation to China which All Girls Allowed reports are:
- 37 million more men than women live in China as a result of gendercide.
- 120 boys are born for every 100 girls. This means 1 out of every 6 girls is lost to gendercide.
- 30 million Chinese men will be unable to find spouses by 2020
- 1 million infants are abandoned in China each year; most of these are healthy girls.
- 35,000 unborn children are aborted each day under China’s population-control policies
The European Parliament has played its part in raising awareness of this crime against humanity. In its resolution of 8 October 2013 on “Gendercide: the missing women?” the Parliament explores the causes, trends, consequences and ways of combating the sex selection practices, which also take the forms of infanticide and violence through sex selection, and stressed the importance of drafting legislation against sex selection. Though some of the more extreme feminist MEPs voted against the resolution, presumably because they believe that a woman’s “right to choose” includes a “right” to discriminate against girls and even kill them.
Even if there is some cause for hope that this war on baby girls is abating, the effects on Chinese and other Asian societies will be felt for generations. The abortion industry and its partners in totalitarian regimes have led to a sex imbalance that sociologists expect will usher in a host of societal problems. Studies suggest that more unattached men means more crime, more rape and more chance of political violence.