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If aborting girls for sex-selection is wrong, then how is killing them for other reasons okay?

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Some girls are missing in Canada. There’s no need for an Amber Alert, though–they didn’t get abducted. They got aborted.

In cultures that favor sons, many girls don’t survive much beyond their first ultrasound. But while some nations have tried to curb gender selective-abortion, Canada hasn’t: the Canadian Medical Association Journal described the country as “a haven” for those seeking to abort their daughters.  A new study suggests almost 4500 girls were targeted there over the last twenty years.

Granted, Canadian abortionists aren’t the only ones willing to accommodate: Live Action’s undercover footage has proven that in America, Planned Parenthood is just as eager.

Keep in mind, parents often don’t learn their child’s sex until between 18 and 20 weeks into the pregnancy. Research by Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand at the University of Tennessee indicates a fetus experiences pain by that point; there’s evidence it can happen even earlier. Dr. Anthony Levatino has performed over 1200 abortions, and in the video below, he describes what one at 20 weeks involves.

After the amniotic fluid is removed, the abortionist uses a sopher clamp — a grasping instrument with rows of sharp “teeth” — to grasp and pull the baby’s arms and legs, tearing the limbs from the child’s body. The abortionist continues to grasp intestines, spine, heart, lungs, and any other limbs or body parts. The most difficult part of the procedure is usually finding, grasping and crushing the baby’s head. After removing pieces of the child’s skull, the abortionist uses a curette to scrape the uterus and remove the placenta and any remaining parts of the baby.

Of course, abortion doesn’t just harm girls before they’re born; it helps sex predators abuse them afterwards too.

A Winnipeg man understood that, which is why he brought his 13 year-old stepdaughter in for two abortions after getting her pregnant; in neither case were authorities alerted. US child rapists have gotten similar assistance from Planned Parenthood: Timothey Smith, Gary Cross, Luis Gonzalez-Jose, John Blanks, Jr., Adam Gault, Joseph Coles, Kevon Walker, Edgar Ramirez, and Grey David Woods all benefited from coverup abortions.

Canadian pundit Robyn Urback recently acknowledged how gender-selective abortion “makes many people — including the staunchest of pro-choice advocates — acutely uncomfortable.” She declared that “feminists should ask themselves how they reconcile their defense of a woman’s right to choose but not of a girl’s right to live.”

I have to say, I was a little surprised she would cite an unborn child’s “right to live.” According to her, it doesn’t exist.

Earlier in the piece, Urback insisted that “women can choose to terminate a pregnancy for any reason: some feel they are too young, or too old, or not suitably financially secure, or would prefer to focus on their careers, or simply don’t feel like having a child or being pregnant — now or ever.” Despite this, she went to say, “It’s possible to both support a woman’s right to choose and reject the notion that aborting a baby because of its sex is acceptable.”

Ummmm…no. It’s not.

According to Urback, “the woman’s quality of life is the deciding factor.” If that’s the case, and if a woman decides having a girl just doesn’t fit with the life she wants, then no one (certainly not a “pro-choice” newspaper columnist) has any business telling her otherwise. After all, a right doesn’t disappear just because you’re “uncomfortable” with how someone’s exercising it. If Ms. Urback feels that “the right to choose” does, then she needs to ask herself how it can be a right at all.

What we don’t have to ask is how abortion destroys innocent lives–both in the womb and out. Canadians can help change that by urging Parliament to pass abortion-related legislation (Canada is unique among developed countries in leaving abortion virtually unregulated). Meanwhile, Americans should tell Congress they want Planned Parenthood’s half billion dollar subsidy sent to federally qualified health centers and community health centers instead. They can also back legislation against sex and race-selective abortions.

Robyn Urback admits “it is much harder to think of that baby as just a clump of cells when we know that she has a sex,” which is probably because she isn’t “just a clump of cells”–she’s a person with a right to life. It’s a right we should defend.

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