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Abortion’s Bitter Legacy

A few weeks ago, I posted “On My Birth There Was No Singing,” exposing gendercide in India. Now Jonathan V. Last, senior writer at the Weekly Standard, writes a review of Mara Hvistendahl’s book Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men.

Ms. Hvistendahl unpacks the consequences of the misogynist’s war against female. Sex-selection abortions trigger many unintended consequences, among them higher male-to-female population ratios. Within a generation, the reduction in the numbers of marriageable women means fewer men have opportunity to marry, leading to greater violence in the society.

Mr. Last writes:

There is indeed compelling evidence of a link between sex ratios and violence. High sex ratios mean that a society is going to have “surplus men”—that is, men with no hope of marrying because there are not enough women. Such men accumulate in the lower classes, where risks of violence are already elevated. And unmarried men with limited incomes tend to make trouble. In Chinese provinces where the sex ratio has spiked, a crime wave has followed. Today in India, the best predictor of violence and crime for any given area is not income but sex ratio.

Sex-selection abortion has robbed the world of 123,000,000 baby girls. Consider for a moment the ironic and tragic legacy of abortion, touted as a woman’s right to choose: 123 million women will never make any choices at all.

– Darrow Miller


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