Gendercide: The Child of “Choice” and the Feminist Movement

gendercide.jpgGendercide through sex-selective abortion has resulted in the loss of at least 163 million girls and a global imbalance in sex ratios.  The United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women has described this as “the most telling indicator of women’s devalued position in society,” and condemned sex-selective abortions as “grave forms of discrimination against women.” [1] The United Nations is not alone in identifying this global problem.  Within the last year, researchers and newspapers have brought heightened attention to this issue.  For example, in March 2010, The Economist featured a striking cover story entitled, “Gendercide: The worldwide war on baby girls.”  And just this June 2011, researcher Mara Hvistendahl published Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls and the Consequences of a World Full of Men, a book that The Wall Street Journal has hailed as “one of the most consequential books ever written in the campaign against abortion.” [2] Read

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Conscience and the Dignity of the Human Person

davinci_person.jpgIntroduction
Almost everyone agrees that we ought to respect persons. They think we ought to do so because persons are not “things” that can be disposed of at will. They regard them as beings of moral worth, with a dignity that ought to be respected by others and endowed with rights that ought to be recognized and protected by civil authority. Surely almost all Americans make their own the “self-evidence of the truth” affirmed in the Declaration of Independence that “[all men] are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these rights are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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