The abortion of unwanted girls taking place in the UK
Illegal abortion on the grounds of gender may be taking place in Britain within immigrant communities, ministers have admitted for the first time after an official analysis of birth statistics.
The standard claim from certain quarters is that we should have abortion on demand. If asked for the reason that a woman wishes to kill another hujman being the answer \”because I don\’t want it to live\” is supposed to be a full and sufficient answer.
Assuming that this is what the situation ought to be there is no room for the objection \”but you can only do that if that human is male\”.
As soon as we do get to a position where there are exceptions to the mother\’s right, untrammelled, to decide who occupies her womb and for how long, there is similarly no reason why such exceptions should stop at \”but I don\’t want a girl\”. \”I don\’t want a baby\” is just as weak a moral statement as I don\’t want a female one.
You can\’t, I\’m afraid, have it both ways. Either there are restrictions on what it is permissible for women to abort or there are not. And if there are, then all such restrictions are up for debate again.