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Why are feminists silent on the deliberate abortion of girls?

Posted by Joseph on 13 October, 2013


I brought my 10-year-old daughter to Oxford University yesterday. It was a family outing: we were accompanying our 18-year-old who starts there today. I wanted her to have something to aim for – just like Miriam Clegg wrote in yesterday’s Telegraph. Women can do anything, I said, repeating the feminist gospel I was raised on.

On the train, though, I read with horror that it is now legal for couples to abort babies simply because they are girls. How to explain this to my daughter? How to tell her that we now live in a country where girls, because of their sex, can be prevented from being born? The words of Miriam Clegg suddenly rang hollow. She talked of learning and professional achievement – yet there are girls killed in the womb simply because of their unwanted sex.

I have asked before, what must Malala make of this adoptive land? In her home in Pakistan, girls are stopped from schooling, and from marrying whom they want. But here, girls are stopped from living.

I wanted to respond to this outrage – but calmed myself with the thought that a million feminists would jump in and shout about this injustice. In the campaign for equal rights, surely the right to exist is the biggest right of all.

In vain, I looked last night for reactions among feminists. All I saw was a bunch of bouquets for the Miriam Clegg line about girls aiming for the stars. Yes of course they should – but they can’t if they are not allowed to be born in the first place.

I sat beside my daughter and wondered what message we were sending to her: you don’t matter. Because you are a girl. How can feminists stay silent?




One Response to “Why are feminists silent on the deliberate abortion of girls?”

  1. llooeegee said

    What a tragic downward spiral of evil and Godlessness we have allowed to exist.

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