Sex Selection Abortion

Prenatal discrimination based on gender typically target girls.

Sex selection abortion is used to prevent the birth of a child of an undesired sex:  abortion is chosen solely on the basis of the unborn baby's gender.  The victims of these abortions are overwhelmingly female. Sex-selection abortion was once thought confined to certain parts of Asia.  It has now spread to other continents and is now practiced here in the United States of America and even in Georgia.  No nation committed to women's equality and human dignity can tolerate this shocking, discriminatory disregard for its own children.

Modern technology, particularly ultrasound and other testing, allows parents to discover the sex of their children long before birth.  The use of this information in deciding on abortion is prevalent in some Asian nations, especially China and India, where male children are widely preferred over females.  Several cultures across the globe have a preference for boys.  This preference is based on long-standing traditions and economic realities in those societies.  

China's rampant sex-selection feticide further encouraged by a strict family size policy-has produced a stunning gender imbalance in Chinese society.  Researchers say there are now 32 million more Chinese boys than girls under 20 years of age.  "Sex-specific abortions are extremely commonplace, especially in rural areas," reported the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in January 2010.  "The phenomenon of abortions of female fetuses is very serious."

Other methods of determining a baby's gender are also being developed. As early as 7 weeks post-conception a blood sample can be taken, allowing women to know the gender long before anyone else could even guess they were pregnant.

    Sex selection now in the U.S.            

A June 2009 New York times story cited several studies showing that Americans of Chinese, Indian and Korean descent retain a preference for sons and sometimes choose abortion because of it.  "In those families, if the first child was a girl, it was more likely that a second child would be a boy.  If the first two children were girls, it was even more likely that a third child would be male," reported the Times.  "Demographers say the statistical deviation among Asian-American families is significant, and they believe it reflects not only a preference for male children, but a growing tendency for these families to embrace sex-selection techniques, like in vitro fertilization and sperm sorting, or abortion."  It is clearly wrong to kill unborn children simply because they are girls.  A 2006 Zogby International poll showed that 86 percent of Americans support a ban on sex-selection abortion.  The practice has already been banned in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma.

Georgia should be next.  Sex-selection abortion is morally and culturally devastating, and it has no place in our state.  Join Georgia Right to Life in defending human dignity by working to ban sex-selection abortions in Georgia.  GRTL supports legislation that would prohibit abortions from being performed based solely on gender preference.  Please help GRTL inform lawmakers and citizens about this discriminatory practice occurring in Georgia.  Contact us at stateoffice@grtl.org or (770) 339-6880 for more information about how you can help.