I think it would pointless to "ban" these types of abortions. After all, if I wanted an abortion and knew certain reasons wouldn't grant me one, I could very easily just lie. So what then? Just ban all abortions? (Pro-lifers, no need to quote and say, "YES!"... my question isn't posed to you... more to those who claim to be pro-choice, yet want stipulations).
I am still in complete support of a woman's right to make this choice. Some women will do things that make me uncomfortable with that stance, but so many more women will choose to abort for reasons I (and many others I suspect) feel are far more "valid," than whether or not a gender scan says you're having a boy or a girl (and seriously, the results of those aren't infallible anyway).
I think putting stipulations on reasons for wanting an abortion is stepping into dangerous territory, and is almost the same as any pro-life argument. It's still, "I, a stranger, know more about what's best for you than you do."
And trust me, I've heard some horrible crap about abortions... but I still think the "greater good," is to grant all women the right to make the choice to abort... regardless of their reasons. In Australia at least, there's unlikely to be a large percentage of women making this call because she'd rather have blue linens than pink.
I do get the logic that placing qualifiers on what is an 'acceptable' abortion becomes a value judgment. But I worry where the line is. With 4D u/s and medical advances happening quickly, should it be acceptable to abort bc the child's ears are too big? It doesn't look enough like it's father? In India women are seen as the most attractive when they are light skinned. Should it be ok to abort bc a girl child's skin tone is too dark?
I do agree though, I don't think it would be common to see many abortions in Aust solely bc of gender....
It's not the act of the abortion that I have issues with, it's the reason for it (in this instance). The article does state that in Australia the instances where a couple ask for an abortion on the grounds that it is the wrong gender are miniscule but just because the majority of us are privileged by living in Australia doesn't mean we should be blinkered to what goes on in the rest of the world.
I wouldn't think this would be common whatsoever, and would they even be approved by the medical boards? The only way I could see this passing is if it was causing someone genuine mental distress from some sort of fear of one sex.
Either way, I get that gender is such a massive, massive deal in many cultures including ours. It's not something I understand, but heck most of us promote gender stereotyping and want our girls and boys to be X so I guess we have to accept that this has negative results as well.
Last edited by Kirst33; 28-04-2013 at 21:14.
I don't think anyone has said it's right to so
Sent from a magical mobile bubhub device in a galaxy far far away
Pregnant for the first-time?
Not sure where to start? We can help!
Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!