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Selective Abortion

April 22, 2008

Came across an article that does a better job of articulating the point I was trying to make in my last post (essence of the argument). The paper, written by Nandini Oomman and Bela R. Ganatra and published in Reproductive Health Matters, concludes its argument as follows:

If we lived in an idealised world where male and female babies universally had the same status, could we justify sex selection on the basis of an individual family’s desire to balance the family? Would it follow that other criteria – wanting a blonde child, a light-skinned child, an athletic child, etc. are all equally valid ways to select children? If technology were available, would these be acceptable too?

If the ultimate desire is to have a healthy child, we do not believe that selection on the basis of any criteria, sex or otherwise (excluding genetic and congenital disorders) is justified. The world is value-laden and full of preferences. To be able to select on the grounds of such preferences encourages society to perpetuate its culturally constructed devaluation of particular human characteristics, in this case female sex. [pg 187]

Oomman, N., & Ganatra, B.R. (2002). ‘Sex Selection: The Systematic Elimination of Girls’. Reproductive Health Matters, 10(19): 184-188

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