Re: Sex-Selective Abortion in America

by Ian Tuttle

Kathryn: Your video calls to mind an excellent essay by Nicholas Eberstadt from the Fall 2011 issue of The New Atlantis. In “The Global War Against Baby Girls,” Eberstadt, the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute, details the demographic fallout of sex-selective abortion — a “ruthlessly routine” practice that “has come to alter the overall sex ratio at birth of the entire planet.” From the opening paragraph:

Over the past three decades the world has come to witness an ominous and entirely new form of gender discrimination: sex-selective feticide, implemented through the practice of surgical abortion with the assistance of information gained through prenatal gender determination technology. All around the world, the victims of this new practice are overwhelmingly female — in fact, almost universally female . . . resulting in millions upon millions of new “missing baby girls” each year. In terms of its sheer toll in human numbers, sex-selective abortion has assumed a scale tantamount to a global war against baby girls.

Read Eberstadt’s essay here.

UPDATE: The Daily Caller reports that the Planned Parenthood employee caught, in a Live Action video, encouraging a sex-selective abortion (Kathryn Lopez posted the video here this morning) has been fired. Leslie Kantor, a vice president for education at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said that the employee, called “Rebecca” in the video, failed to “follow our protocol for providing information and guidance when presented with a highly unusual patient scenario.”

As for the investigators, Kantor said:

Recently, opponents of Planned Parenthood conducted hoax patient visits with hidden video cameras and are now using edited videotapes to promote false claims about our organization and patient services. In highly unusual and scripted scenarios, hoax patients sought services related to sex selection.

Does she mean the “false claim” that some Planned Parenthood employees encourage abortion for sexual selection?

No, Leslie, looks like that one is true.