Even with so much instability in Hong Kong, China, and elsewhere in the world, it’s more important than ever to remember our basic values.

Most of the people you know would probably agree that gendercide is wrong, so you might never encounter it yourself. But the root problem is still very widespread, and it’s very uncomfortable–and it’s easier to just ignore.

LISTEN: Remembering why it’s wrong to commit gendercide

(Image via BBC, from Dr. Ravi Khanna, who treated baby Sita.)


TRANSCRIPT

First, an apology about the quality of the podcast. It’s definitely not where I want it yet, but I’m going to continue, at least one episode per week.
Also, I need to make a correction from the previous episode about the United Nations. I said that China is leading the United Nations Human Rights Council this year, but they’re actually just a member. (Of course, their influence there is still very unfortunate for global human rights.)

Hong Kong is in a crisis. Where should our attention be?

As usual, I can’t stop thinking about what’s going on in Hong Kong. I live in Hong Kong, and see all the news, as well as things that happen here on the streets. And Hong Kong should be in the news every day because of its geopolitical importance right now.
But the point of Asia for Life is not to discuss the most important geopolitical situations. It’s to discuss human rights situations–to talk about real ilfe-and-death issues, and to talk about how the pro-life movement can respond.
So, just as a reminder of what’s really important–even though what I see every day on the news and on Facebook is images of blood and fire and billows of smoke, and all the other crazy stuff that’s going on in my city–I want to turn my attention to something that I believe is even more terrible, and which gets much less news coverage.
So today, I decided to talk about the killing of baby girls in India. Here’s a recent story from lifenews.com, about a baby girl who had been buried alive.

The man who found her, Hitesh Kumar Sirohi, said he was digging a grave for his own stillborn daughter when he dug up the clay pot with the baby girl inside. She was about 3 feet underground, according to the reports.

Hitesh Kumar Sirohi contacted local authorities and fed the baby milk while he waited for them to arrive, the reports state.

The baby girl now is in stable condition at a local hospital. Doctors said she weighed 2.4 pounds (1.1 kilograms) when she arrived.

“The hospital staff have named the baby Sita. She is undergoing treatment here, she has not yet recovered fully,” said Vimal Kumar, director of the hospital neonatal intensive care unit. “As of now, her life has been saved. We are trying to trace the girl’s mother.”

BBC photo from Dr Ravi Khanna who treated baby SitaPhoto from Dr Ravi Khanna, who treated baby Sita

This is a great story of a life saved from a horrible crime. It’s so great to hear when something goes right, despite everything.

In 2018, the Government of India estimated that 63 million women are missing from its population due to sex-selection abortions, infanticide and other discriminatory violence.
In July, statistics from one Indian district revealed that no baby girls were born in a three-month period. All of the 216 babies who were born in the Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand state in northern India, were boys.
You might have seen that story. It was almost amusing. The authorities who were questioned about this data responded that they were deeply surprised, and had no idea how it could have happened. But they assured reporters that it would be investigated.*
So what usually happens in a news story is that they talk about the massive scale of sex-selective abortion, and then they talk about all the consequences. They talk about a badly skewed sex ratio, tens of millions of people who won’t be able to marry, sex trafficking and bride trafficking, etc.
And these are all very serious concerns. One human rights abuse will lead to others. But people usually skip one very important step. They forget to mention that killing baby girls is wrong.
And it’s not wrong just because killing girls will skew the sex ratio and lead to women being trafficked in the future. It’s wrong because right now, they’re human beings. And it’s wrong to kill innocent human beings.
This baby was 2 pounds, and had obviously been born prematurely. But what if she were still in the womb? What if she were 2 pounds, or 3 pounds, or 7 pounds, and still growing healthily in the womb–and then the dad gets fired from his job or something, and tells his wife to get an abortion?
There would be no news story. There wouldn’t be a police report. And nobody would ever discuss it. I think that’s a problem.
For any human rights organizations that do care about sex-selective abortion and gendercide, they really need to figure out why they oppose it. Because if it’s not actually wrong to kill babies–just because they’re human beings–then aren’t there more practical ways to deal with the consequences, that don’t involve terminating a custom that’s been around for millenia?
If you’re worried about the sex ratio, then we can just kill more boys. Or kill more men. Or we can try trafficking more boys, to give the girls a little break.
If you’re opposed to sex-selective abortion only because it’s disturbing and makes you feel uncomfortable–well, I’m sorry you feel uncomfortable. But if you’re opposed to gendercide because you actually believe it’s wrong to kill babies, then we need to end the killing of all babies–not only because they’re girls, and not only because they’ve been born–but because they’re human beings.
If you’re listening to this podcast, I’m probably just preaching to the choir. But it’s something that’s worth keeping in mind when you hear people talking about why it’s wrong to kill newborn girls, or to do sex-selective abortions.
Don’t let people get away with saying it’s wrong to kill babies just because it might lead to demographic complications. That’s not fair. It’s not fair to the babies, or to us as a society.
Let’s continue this article:

The Alliance Defending Freedom estimates about 50,000 unborn baby girls are killed every month in India simply because they are girls.

Meanwhile, most American states do not prohibit sex-selection abortions. Though studies indicate unborn baby girls frequently are targeted for abortions, the American abortion industry fights vehemently against sex-selection abortion bans.

Okay, that’s enough reading for now. You can read more about this in the links below. I think this is a solid, informative article from lifenews.com.
But it is a little funny, that even if it’s a story about a remote village in India, it has to get tied back to America somehow, or else it won’t gain traction as a news story. And if you want even more traction, you insert some semi-relevant connection to the American president.
Personally, I’ve been avoiding mentioning Trump any more than absolutely necessary the past few years, which could help explain why I have so few followers.
Anyway, lifenews.com and Alliance Defending Freedom are both right. This is an enormous human rights crisis that is ignored by the media, and by most of the global feminist movement.
I don’t know how churches are responding to this in India, but I hope there will be a greater response. Please pray for every Christian ministry, social worker, and government official who is working to eradicate gendercide. It’s truly a scourge on India that is ruining their society. They cannot progress as a nation until they stop killing their girls just because they’re girls.

We’ll probably never get the support of Bill Gates or the mainstream media, but this is one of the most important issues in the world, and we have to find better ways to fight it.


*Correction: You might have seen the news coverage about the 216 Indian villages where no baby girls were born during a 3-month period, April through June 2019. This story was sensationalized, and did not mention the villages where no baby boys were born. So, that data cannot be used as clear proof of India’s crisis of sex-selective abortions.


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