Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently told the New York Times that she opposes sex-selection abortions and is working to do more the combat them. One pro-life advocate is inviting her to support legislation in Congress to accomplish that and notes how her colleagues aren’t as vocal.
In an interview with the New York Times published on Sunday, Clinton acknowledges the problems of sex-selection abortions in some Asian nations.
“Obviously, there’s work to be done in both India and China, because the infanticide rate of girl babies is still overwhelmingly high,” she says.
“Unfortunately, with technology, parents are able to use sonograms to determine the sex of a baby, and to abort girl children simply because they’d rather have a boy. And those are deeply set attitudes,” Clinton continues.
She adds she is seeing “openness and commitment” by the governments of India and China in confronting these practices. [reference]
As you would expect the NYT does not have a follow up question in regards to sex-selection abortion. No question as to how if abortion is a “right” then how does doing it because of the sex of the child then make it a problem. Either it is a human person or it is not. The sex of a “tissue mass” would not matter. Does the women have a so-called choice just as long as the reason is not sex-selection? As is always the case the supporters of abortion are inconsistent. They will talk about reducing abortion while never explain under their philosophy why you would need to reduce a “right”.
The problem of sex-selection while prevalent in some countries is not unknown in the states where U.S. resident Chinese, Korean, and Asian Indian parents are indeed having sex-selection abortions now along with others. Sex selection is also available via In Vitro Fertilization and they use such terms as “family balancing.” Besides sperm separation techniques such as microsort there is PGD, also known as embryo screening and PGS (preimplantation genetic screening), is the only other method of gender selection that has been proven effective. PGD means that a embryo is created and then murdered if it does not match up based on whatever criteria the parent selects such as sex or genetic disease. There are no legal restraints on sex-selection in the United States.