Now we have the sex-selection abortion conundrum to resolve. Should we interfere with immigrant women seeking an abortion due to gender preference?
Here we have the perfect storm of opposing rights:
- A woman’s unfettered right to choose vs. gender discrimination
- Western values vs. fundamental preference for boys among certain immigrant groups
But the proposed solution of withholding gender information does not sit well with Joyce Arthurs:
“People have the right to knowledge and they should be treated like responsible adults, and can decide for themselves what to do with information like that,” Joyce Arthur, executive director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada said at the time.
“We’re pro-choice not because we love abortion, but because women have the right to decide what’s best for their own lives for their own reasons, and we don’t have to agree with those reasons.”
She acknowledged that “nobody likes sex-selective abortion,” but said that’s not a good enough reason to ban it, instead suggesting education and outreach.
Well at least that is logically consistent. To apply limits to any woman’s right to choose based on their ethnicity would seem to be racist. (Heather Mallick alert!!)
So while I don’t agree with abortion being used for gender selection, I fail to see how we have any right to dictate our values to others under the present legal (and moral) vacuum.
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Don’t hold your breath.
You don’t need a ‘reason’.
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Excellent column by George Jonas – Baby, you haven’t come such a long way after all:
“Choicers” lose just by noticing the blessed fetus is a female. An extension isn’t a female. It’s a growth, a confidence between a woman and her gynacologist. But a female is a different story. A female isn’t a growth. Not a clump but a soul, she’s not in the realm of obstetrics but of morality. Medical waste has no sex; a female, born or unborn, obviously does.
Once it’s possible to object to the elimination of fetuses on the basis of their sex, it’s possible to object to their elimination, period. Suddenly they come to life. It’s as if they were born, and once they’re born, any decision about what to do with them is no longer a question of a woman controlling her own body, but a woman controlling someone else’s body. A body that’s in her temporary custody; a body she has a fiduciary duty to protect.