The Unwanted

EXTENDING THE ARGUMENT AGAINST SEX-SELECTIVE ABORTION

I’ve changed my mind about the outcry against sex-selective abortion. Since the 1980s, when the issue emerged here in India and neighboring China, I’ve been skeptical of feminist objections to aborting baby girls on the basis of their sex. As someone long opposed to abortion of any kind, I’ve found such objections inconsistent: if you are truly prochoice, you can’t second-guess a woman’s reasons for what she chooses.

People who refuse to acknowledge the humanity of the unborn child in...

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Jo McGowan, a Commonweal columnist, writes from Deradoon, India.