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Female fetuses require equal rights

The China Post spoke of the baby girls “disappearing,” and I'll not quibble over the word. We all know, however, that those girls did not disappear at all. We threw them away. We didn't want those girls. History shows us that evil can be that way, that sometimes people snuff out the lives of others like flames on candlewicks.

Explanations for sex-selective abortions more or less follow the same formula. A woman with no children becomes pregnant in her late 30s, and when fetal gender screening shows the child is a girl, heads to a different medical center and gets an abortion. Or someone who already has a daughter or two finds a third girl is on the way, and - -. This is not an issue for women alone. The fathers of those little ones are equally as responsible for terminating these lives.

The truth ought to be clear by now in the 21st century, but I guess we're slow learners. The truth is that sons are not more precious than daughters, and daughters are not more precious than sons. All life is precious.

Isn't it more than time now to stop the silly talk we occasionally hear of only males being the rightful “heirs” in a family? Isn't it time we put away the rusty words about “carrying on the family name”?

Some may feel a handful of religious leaders have a monopoly on concern about abortion. I think not. We don't need to be particularly faith-oriented or spiritual about the question. This is destruction of human life. Many caring people believe abortion is wrong, and that sex-selective abortion is particularly odious. They view it as an outrage against humanity.

Which is exactly what it is.

Father Daniel J. Bauer SVD is a priest and associate professor in the English Department at Fu Jen Catholic University.

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