Should sex-selective abortion be legal (in relation to a parent preference of having their child be a certain sex)?

Posted by: PetersSmith

I think the shortest amount of time you can find out the sex of a fetus is 7 weeks. I think this question is pretty straight forward, there really shouldn't be a "it depends" option.

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I'm pro-life, and thus I think a parent should not be able to abort their child if it is revealed it is not the sex that they desired.

Thousands of female foetuses have been killed due to gender-based abortion within some ethnic groups, the latest data reveals. Official figures suggest as many as 4,700 females have disappeared from the latest national census records of England and ... Wales, raising fears that it indicates the illegal practice of sex-selection abortion has become prevalent in the UK. Campaigners have reacted with concern to the research, calling for action to stop doctors carrying out these abortions and warning the practice 'will damage society'.In many cultures sons are deemed to be more desirable than daughters for religious or economic reasons, meaning couples seek to terminate pregnancies if they find out the child will be female. A government investigation last year found no evidence that women born abroad and now living in the UK were opting to abort females. But an analysis of the 2011 National Census has shown widespread discrepancies in the sex ratio of children in some immigrant families, which suggests girls are being aborted. Some experts have argued that information on the sex of a child should be withheld from expecting parents until much later in the pregnancy, when abortions are much more difficult to obtain. At present parents can find out their baby’s gender after 13 weeks, and in 2011 around one tenth of the 190,000 abortions performed in England and Wales took place at this stage   more
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I'm pro-choice, but I think a parent should not be able to abort their child if it revealed that it is not the sex that they desired.

Sex-selective abortion is the practice of terminating a pregnancy based upon the predicted sex of the infant. The selective abortion of female fetuses is most common in areas where cultural norms value male children over female children, especially ... in parts of People's Republic of China, India, Pakistan, the Caucasus, and Southeast Europe. Sex-selective abortion affects the human sex ratio — the relative number of males to females in a given age group. Studies and reports focusing on sex-selective abortion are predominantly statistical; they assume that birth sex ratio — the overall ratio of boys and girls at birth for a regional population, is an indicator of sex-selective abortion. This assumption has been questioned by some scholars. Scholars who support the assumption suggest that the expected birth sex ratio range is 103 to 107 males to females at birth. Countries considered to have significant practices of sex-selective abortion are those with birth sex ratios of 108 and above (selective abortion of females), and 102 and below (selective abortion of males). See list of countries by sex ratio. The overall impact of ultrasound screening and sex-selective abortion on female population is a topic of active debate. Ultrasound sex-screening technologies became widely available in Asian countries during the 1980s and 1990s, and estimates of its impact on missing women vary. Ross Douthat claims over 160 million females are "missing" because of ultrasound screening followed by sex-selective abortion. Guilmoto claims about 40 million females are missing from Asia, Caucasus and Europe   more
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Yes, a parent should be able to abort their child if it is revealed that it is not the sex they desired.

Some scholars believe that when sex ratios are high, women actually become valued more because of their relative shortage. Park and Cho (1995) suggest that as women become more scarce, they may have “increased value for conjugal and reproductive fun... ctions” (75). Eventually, this could lead to better social conditions, followed by the birth of more women and sex ratios moving back to natural levels. This claim is supported by the work of demographer Nathan Keifitz. Keifitz (1983) wrote that as women become fewer, their relative position in society will increase. However, to date, no data has supported this claim. It has been suggested by Belanger (2002) that sex-selective abortion may have positive effects on the mother choosing to abort the female fetus. This is related to the historical duty of mothers to produce a son in order to carry on the family name. As previously mentioned, women gain status in society when they have a male child, but not when they have a female child. Oftentimes, bearing of a son leads to greater legitimacy and agency for the mother. In some regions of the world where son preference is especially strong, sonless women are treated as outcasts. In this way, sex-selective abortion is a way for women to select for male fetuses, helping secure greater family status. Goodkind (1999) argues that sex-selective abortion should not be banned purely because of its discriminatory nature. Instead, he argues, we must consider the overall lifetime possibilities of discrimination. In fact, it is possible that sex-selective abortion takes away much of the discrimination women would face later in life. Since families have the option of selecting for the fetal sex they desire, if they choose not to abort a female fetus, she is more likely to be valued later in life. In this way, sex-selective abortion may be a more humane alternative to infanticide, abandonment, or neglect. Goodkind (1999) poses an essential philosophical question, “if a ban were enacted against prenatal sex testing (or the use of abortion for sex-selective purposes), how many excess postnatal deaths would a society be willing to tolerate in lieu of whatever sex-selective abortions were avoided?   more
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