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Posted: 28 January 2013 at 7:53am | IP Logged
A lot of measures have been taken through out the last decade to prevent female feticide.
Parents who abort their female child are seen as culprits and male chauvinist.
But when these same parents want to abort their child due to career/society or other reasons they are considered as independent human beings.They can do what they want to do with their body.
Then why is killing a female embryo wrong?
Both are killing.
Then if there are no anti abortion campaigns why are there so many anti female foeticides campaigns?
Why don't all kids have the equal right to live?

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Posted: 28 January 2013 at 7:57am | IP Logged
That qualifies for direct discrimination doesnt it? (reference- a post on that topic on DM) Geek
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Posted: 28 January 2013 at 8:49am | IP Logged
Originally posted by -IHATEYOU-

A lot of measures have been taken through out the last decade to prevent female feticide.
Parents who abort their female child are seen as culprits and male chauvinist.
But when these same parents want to abort their child due to career/society or other reasons they are considered as independent human beings.They can do what they want to do with their body.
Then why is killing a female embryo wrong?
Both are killing.
Then if there are no anti abortion campaigns why are there so many anti female foeticides campaigns?
Why don't all kids have the equal right to live?

@Blue: That's a different debate, whether abortion should be allowed at all or not.

@Red: You asked the question after providing the answer yourself.
The campaigns are doing exactly what you desire, i.e. they are ensuring equal right to live irrespective of the foetus' or the kid's gender.

There can be various reasons because of which a woman might opt for abortion. Let's look at some of the more common causes:
1. Unplanned pregnancy - She doesn't want a baby at that point in time, period. The reason might be career, financial, personal, etc. It doesn't matter to the woman whether the foetus is male or female, she simply doesn't want a kid in her life at that time.

2. Rape - Pretty self explanatory why she doesn't want it. Once again, the woman is not concerned about the gender of the foetus. She doesn't want the baby of someone who raped her, end of story.

3. Medical reason - Could be fetal defects or danger to mother's life. It doesn't matter whether the foetus is male or female, if the doctor thinks it's risky for the mother or the foetus has defects, it's terminated.

So, if women abort because of any of the above 3 reasons or something similar to that, the decision is not being influenced by the gender of the foetus. Both male and female foetuses have an equal chance to be aborted; consequently, in the total population of foetuses, both male and female have equal opportunity to live.

Now contrast the above 3 to the one reason which the campaign targets to stop:
4. Sex selective abortion - The woman (or her husband, or both) wants a son or a daughter only and therefore aborts any foetus that is of the undesired gender. Typically Indian society prefers male kids, so female foetuses are aborted.

One gender (female) is getting aborted, whereas the other gender (male) increases in proportion. The equal right to live goes out the window. And I hope that answers your question, why abortion because of other reasons is allowed but not sex selective abortion.


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There is a lot of trouble in the world, and a lot of wrong deeds. We as people have to give priorities. We need to say what is more important, since we can't do everything at once. We need to take small steps in the right direction. Abortion, is something I am for if it's in the right situation, since you can't check on everything, and you can't block for people where the abortion is neccersary, you will have to say yes.
 
To your question ;Why only killing a female embryo is wrong?
WHO TOLD YOU THAT? That is so not true! I don't know where you got that, but it is wrong. Killing female embryo is just as wrong as killing male embryos.
 
The difference is that the killing of female embryos is happening more and is happening with the most ridicules reason; because it's a GIRL.
Abortions happen for different reasons and youu can't judge all the women at once. Some are raped, some have difficulties during the pregnancy, which leads them to abort. Yes, there are woman who abort their child for stupid reasons. Yet, I can't judge them for that, since I don't know what precisely made them do that.
 
I want to tell you too, that abortion isn't killing. There is a slight difference. It is hard to tell, since those things lay so close to one another.
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Posted: 28 January 2013 at 10:08am | IP Logged
Umm... Killing any embryo is wrong.

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Posted: 28 January 2013 at 10:18am | IP Logged

I think Souro explained well.

 

Either killing all embryos is wrong or killing all embryos is Ok.

 

However, in countries like India, female fetuses are frequently aborted because of preference for males. That anti female feticide campaigns don't say it is OK to abort a male, but wrong to abort a female. The point is to prevent gender bias against female children. It is more of an attempt to level the field rather than turn it the other way.   

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