Eugenic Sex Selection Abortions Coming to a
Clinic Near You
It is extremely ironic that the right to abortion has materially
impacted the “right” to procreation. The thinking appears to be
these lines: The right to terminate a pregnancy means that women also
have the right to ensure that they only bear the kind of baby they want
when they choose to carry to term. We see this especially in IVF
preimplantation testing, which has now–as reported here at SHS–moved to
destroying embryos that test for the wrong sex, hair, and eye color.
Well, now information to permit this eugenic cleansing will soon be
available to women who became pregnant through intercourse. A test kit
is about to be marketed that would permit a pregnant woman to learn the
sex of her fetus. From the story:
A new test to reveal the gender of a fetus in early
sparked a row over whether it will lead to sex-selection abortions. The
American-designed IntelliGender test kit, which can be used from eight
weeks after conception, went on sale in Australia last month. Its
Australian distributor hopes to launch it in New Zealand within a
fortnight…He expected they would sell for about $125.
They do not test pregnancy, so do not require state
the Medicines Act, unlike pregnancy tests. To use the new test, a
pregnant woman mixes her urine with the kit’s chemicals in the supplied
container. If it turns green or black, the fetus is a boy; orange or
yellow indicate a girl. The kits are claimed to be 90 per cent
accurate, but because patents have not yet been issued, the maker will
not reveal the supporting data or the science of how they work.
How ironic that a procedure intended by its supporters to liberate
women is likely to become a tool–as ultra sounds have on a mass scale
in India and China–enabling the sexist destruction of (mostly)
women-to-be. But it won’t matter. Abortion has helped open
to a eugenic culture in which one of the first casualties–at least for
some–has been unconditional parental love of their child.
Contact: Wesley J. Smith
Source: Secondhand Smoke
Date: June 8, 2009
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