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Published: November 1, 2012 10:02 pm to International News

Two hundred million girls killed…and where are the feminists?

Yesterday I stumbled across the trailer for a documentary called It’s A Girl. The 3-minute preview stopped me in my tracks – particularly the part in which an Indian woman matter-of-factly describes how she strangled her newborn daughters. Eight of them.

In America, a mother who did this to her children would be condemned as a psychopath and imprisoned. In India, this mother walks free, one of many who acted on culturally acceptable impulses.

In parts of Asia – especially India and China – baby girls are undesirable, even unacceptable. In China, a “one-child” policy, enforced by the state with forced sterilizations and abortions, exacerbates gendercide, leading some parents to take matters into their own hands. If you’re allowed only two children, and you already have one girl…well, in a culture where males are valued much more highly than females, it’s not hard to imagine what follows. Baby girls are stuck in sacks and thrown in rivers and down wells, even dumped upside-down in buckets of water.

The United Nations estimates that about 200 million girls are missing from the world due to this rampant genocide – now commonly called “gendercide.” The effects of these heinous practices, as time goes on, could be devastating in parts of Asia, as men look around and realize that all their potential wives do not exist.

It’s A Girl takes a close look at gendercide, its roots, and its effects:

The war against girls is rooted in centuries-old tradition and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, accelerate the elimination of girls…

The film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice.

Before you start haughtily thinking nothing like this could ever happen in America, I have some bad news for you: this year, the House of Representatives rejected a bill that would have imposed criminal penalties on abortionists if they knowingly aborted a fetus because the mother did not want a child of that gender.

According to the bill’s detractors, there is no problem with sex-selection abortion in the U.S., and this is just another way for mean lady-haters to limit abortion “rights.”

Here in the real world, we know there are sex-selection abortions in the U.S., especially among immigrants from countries such as China and India. Even Guttmacher admits that there is “some evidence” for this, and you know they wouldn’t admit it if they didn’t have to.

A Virginia delegate introduced a state bill this month to ban sex-selective abortions, and women and feminists across Virginia rejoiced that this girl-killing would be stopped, at least in one state.

Oh, wait, no they didn’t.

Virginia delegate Kaye Kory, Fairfax Democrat, said it’s “an insult” that men are so heavily involved in litigating such matters, and Mr.  Marshall’s measure was a thinly veiled attempt to move toward making abortion illegal in the state.

This is one of those internet statements that made me have to put my laptop down and walk in a circle for a minute, holding my head.

This woman – this woman – says it’s an insult that a man wants to make it illegal to abort babies just because they are girls.

Do you know what is actually an insult? That abortion has become such a political tool that women don’t even think anymore about what it is. It’s just a word, a word that means “feminism, women’s rights, rah rah rah!” And you have to support it in every way, to any extreme, asking no questions, or you are anti-woman.

Do you know what else is actually an insult? That a man had to propose this legislation. It should have been you, Kaye Kory, Fairfax Democrat. She also said this (get ready):

I think men have no clue what it’s like to contemplate what it’s like to go through an abortion,” she said. “Of course we don’t like the idea that someone might want an abortion because someone doesn’t want the sex of the child the fetus is, but I think the state needs to stay out of social issues like abortion.

You’re right: the state should totally stay out of social issues, like health care and gay marriage. Oh, wait…

Abortion is not a “social issue.” Abortion is killing.

But, I mean, come on. Nearly a quarter of a billion girl-children, unborn and born, have been killed. But that’s in Communist China, and the scary third-world parts of India, not clean, enlightened, liberal, democratic America, where human rights matter. Right? I mean surely – surely! – the woman-loving, pink-crap-wearing, lady-rights-protecting über-feminists at America’s number-one abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, object to sex=selection abortion!

Wrong. Wrong. Wrongity-wrongy-wrong.

As Live Action discovered and revealed, if you go to Planned Parenthood for an abortion and tell them you want to end your pregnancy because you don’t want a girl, their reaction will be the same as if you told them you were a sex-trafficked 14-year-old, or the victim of statutory rape. In other words, they will take your money and abort your baby.

Why oh why would anyone in America reject the horrifying, misogynistic third-world practice of gendercide? Well, because if you don’t love abortion with 100% of your heart, you hate women. Remember? And Planned Parenthood is synonymous with abortion. And ladies, we all know Planned Parenthood is our loving protector. We are wrapped in their protective, pink-clad arms. Without them, we would be set upon by snarling white Christian men coming to take our uteruses and use them to farm Kirk Cameron clones.

The truth is: abortion is big business. Huge business. And when you outlaw abortion in the U.S. for any reason, Planned Parenthood loses money. It doesn’t even matter to them that nearly a quarter of a billion women are missing from the world. What matters is that taking a stand against the genocide of females will cost them some dough.

You have not heard the last from me on this film or this problem. I look forward to screening It’s a Girl, bringing you more on gendercide abroad, and continuing to expose the fauxminists’ shameful failure to take a stand against it at home.

Meanwhile, visit It’sAGirlMovie.com to view the shocking trailer and find a screening near you.

About Kristen Hatten

Kristen is a writer and comedian who makes people mad on the Internet. She is Vice President of New Wave Feminists and enjoys taxidermy, yachting, and 19th century French poetry. Stalk her relentlessly for fun and profit.
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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=57508266 Beth Presswood

    The feminists are right there in those countries and in others, fighting SEXISM!

    What’s the anti-choice solution? Force people to bear girls they don’t want so they can abuse them?

    Sex-selection abortion is a problem of sexism, not abortion.

    • http://twitter.com/Astraspider Astraspider

      “Sex-selection abortion is a problem of sexism, not abortion.”

      This goes to the crux of the issue. Unfortunately, while Ms. Walker opines that feminists think about the issue too one-dimensionally, she’s guilty of the very same thing. Want less sex selective abortions? Honor women who are already born with equality in the workforce and the culture. Don’t turn doctors into “motivation police” for a problem she acknowledges doesn’t exist in Americanized populations. Don’t subordinate women to zygotes and fetuses.

      • minxcomix

        “Don’t subordinate women to zygotes and fetuses.”?????
        Like it or not Astraspider, there is not one single woman alive who was not once a zygote and fetus. To say that females who are currently in the zygote or fetus stage of their life do not have an equal right to keep their own life as any other human being who are in any other stage of their life, just because they are female is subordinating all women!

    • Dolce

      I am sick and tired of hearing about how we should just kill fetuses because they will be abused later on. Would you make the same suggestion of girls who are already born – we should just kill that newborn girl because her parents and village will treat her like a slave! – or would you advocate and work to lift women out of their situations? In any other concrete example of oppressive sexism, for instance child brides, would you just say “Let’s fight SEXISM” but refuse to say “Let’s outlaw selling our daughters to men!”, or would you advocate for BOTH, with the second as a concrete way of fighting the fruits of sexist societies? Sex selection abortion and infanticide support and exasperate sexism by acknowledging and legitimizing the opinion that sons are more valuable than daughters. One can fight sexism and ban sex selection and infanticide at the same time. They are NOT mutually exclusive – but I would argue that anyone who claims to support women by encouraging mothers to fall to the pressures of their societies by killing their daughters, instead of working to make sure that this does not happen and that mothers AND daughters are supported, does not truly care about women. At all.

      • Regina

        What needs to be done is to get rid of the sexist culture that exists in these countries. Unfortunately, it’s going to take a very long time to get rid of it because these values and beliefs have been in place for several millennia. Feminists see that this is a much bigger problem than abortion and infanticide. It’s the problem of systematically seeing females as inferior. If the society changes, sex selective abortions become non existent. Don’t target the act of abortion. Target the societal problems.

        • Amy

          But here’s the question you need to ask (and I have no idea what your opinion on abortion is):

          Doesn’t the intentional targeting of girls stem from a culture that attempts to normalize killing unborn babies in general? Think about it: If killing unborn children for any/all reason(s) was opposed by an entire society, wouldn’t protecting baby girls become a given in that society? We really do need to fight abortion to save little girls, not just an anti-feministic worldview.

          I do agree that societies all around the globe need to learn to not objectify women, though, don’t get me wrong. I recently read a fantastic book on sex trafficking in the US, called”Girls Like Us,” that really showed me how flippantly our culture treats women. I highly recommend that book to you :)

          • Regina

            Unfortunately, the world will never be that black and white. There are people who just never want children and it’s wrong for any of us to tell them they should never have sex. Thing is, unless we invent a fool proof contraceptive that always prevents pregnancy and we find a way to treat diseases that fetuses get which will either result in death, severe disability, or a short and extremely painful life, abortion will be around. And don’t even get me started on ectopic pregnancies! They’re painful, non viable, and can kill the woman. Abortions has been around for centuries and it won’t go away anytime soon unless we do the stuff I listed above in addition to getting rid of misogyny in society as well as rape.

          • Amy

            I am not opposed to sex for recreation, so long as it is kept within the bounds of marriage. You are not limited to only having sex to have babies, I believe (and Song of Solomon has some stuff on this, too). We are in agreement there.

            We disagree on the rest, though. Even if couples only want to have fun with sex, that does not just give them the right to get rid of their baby because they just wanted to have a good time. And if you’re looking for a foolproof contraception method (that I don’t endorse because people may change their minds later), sterilization is an option. That method *is* foolproof.

            I’m assuming you’re talking about genetic diseases, right? If you’re not, please clarify, but if you mean diseases that a baby is born with, you should place the “blame” on the parents, not the baby. I have a friend who has no legs, no right arm, and her left hand has two fingers. She goes around in a wheelchair and eats with a modified fork. And you know what? She does musical theater and is one of the happiest people I know.

            Also, don’t get *me* started on ectopic pregnancies! We had a friend who got one, and, to save her life, they underwent treatment that killed her little baby. She was so heartbroken that she underwent sterilization treatment so she’d never have to kill another baby, even to save her own life.

            And I agree that a lot of the crap in our society won’t go away until we fix peoples’ images of women. However, abortion is part of that problem. Men who sexually abuse women are able to take them to a PP facility to cover up the evidence (the baby) that proves they mistreated the women. Just look up on this site all of the different ways that PP has covered up statuary rape. If you really want to fight mysogyny, start with PP. Raping a woman and then forcing her to have an abortion is two violent acts upon her body—and that’s worth fighting against any day.

    • zes

      I think the pro-life option would be to recognize the dignity of all children. And to empower women and girls to live in that dignity

    • Beth

      That’s all well and good….. except that there are these pesky things called “facts.” And these “facts” clearly show that, if anything, legalized abortion has only caused a drastic INCREASE in child abuse. Child abuse increased 1,000% (yep, you read
      that right!) from 1973 (the year abortion was legalized) to 1986.
      Researchers theorize that this is because legalized abortion actually
      cheapens the value of children, since they’re now “so easily disposed
      of.” (sources: US Dept. of Health & Human Services, CDC)

      Another pro-abortion myth debunked! Next excuse?

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  • Asaf Nagar

    Sex-selection murder is a nasty practice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/samvansr Sam Vanderburg

    Thank you for your article.