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Saturday, August 27, 2011

The War on Women

Unnatural Selection: 
Choosing Boys over Girls and the Consequences of a World Full of Men

There is something truly unsettling and sickening about the truth of gender selectivity, and we see in this upcoming book the reality of what happens when some human lives are given preference over others.
Imagine waking up one day to find that every single woman in the U.S. has disappeared.
Picture this, writes author and scientific journalist Mara Hvistendahl, and you will come close to understanding the magnitude of over 160 million baby girls being selectively aborted in Asia and East Europe over the last few decades...
Here's where it gets interesting:
Hvistendahl set off to find out more, traveling to nine countries and interviewing doctors, mothers, prostitutes, demographers, mail-order brides and men who would be forced into lifelong bachelorhood. 
She began to discover a complicated web of explanations but eventually found that some of the ideological roots of the problem could be traced to zealous population control efforts from the 1960s and 70s.
Through funding from western organizations such as the World Bank and the International Planned Parenthood Federation, grants were being funneled into population control initiatives in eastern countries, with sex-selective abortion seen as an effective tool. The results of these efforts show that in places such as China today, as many as 120 baby boys or more are being born for every 100 baby girls.
In addition to the current problems that women are facing in these countries, “the question in my mind was, How was this going to effect society 30 years from now when this hugely imbalanced generation grows up and there are many more men than women?” Hvistendahl asked.
“There is a danger in jumping too far ahead and making predictions about what will happen,” she added, “but I think this will be a major issue in China and India for social stability.”
The fact of the matter is: in any other context, these numbers would constitute the most staggeringly wide-reaching genocide in the history of humanity! But in our enlightened, 'forward-thinking' age [insert sarcasm], we can write it all off as "population control," "doing our civic duty," or "protecting the environment."
Now we can begin to see the flaw in the plan, the real-life results of intellectual and ideological arrogance. Now we can see the fruits of a society devoid of the Gospel of Christ, lacking in a full understanding of basic human dignity, and, as a result, depraved at its most fundamental level. 

Read the whole article, then go out and read the book.

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