Thursday, 23 February 2012

Sex-selective abortion not in any way a 'cultural' issue: shock

According to Wiki:

A 2005 study estimated that over 90 million females were "missing" from the expected population in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan, South Korea and Taiwan alone, and suggested that sex-selective abortion plays a role in this deficit. India's 2011 census shows a serious decline in the number of girls under the age of seven - activists believe eight million female fetuses may have been aborted between 2001 and 2011.

So it's not really a "western" thing and appears to be most common in south and east Asia. But see if you can guess the race/colour of the woman in the stock photo of "a woman looking remorseful after having had a sex-selective abortion" which the BBC use to illustrate their article on the subject.


Bill Quango MP said...

What do you know? I guessed right.

Ralph Musgrave said...

The double-speak and dissembling in the BBC report are hilarious.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said "I'm extremely concerned to hear about these allegations. I've asked my officials to investigate this as a matter of urgency." As Sir Humphrey Appleby would confirm, that means, “I don’t give a toss about this matter, plus there is nothing we can do about it, but I’ll set up a committee to go throught the motions of appearing to be concerned about the matter”.

And Dr Tony Falconer, president of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, said: "Anecdotally, there are social and cultural reasons for preferring one gender…” Anecdotally??? What, so it’s QUESTIONABLE as to whether cultural factors are involved?

Look Dr Tony, you enormous prat, 99.9% of the population knows this preference for male children is an Oriental and Indian sub-continent thing.

A K Haart said...

There are now quite a range of social and political issues the BBC just can't face up to. Sad or amusing - take your pick.

Bayard said...

Well, now at least, the caption to the picture reads "Health officials have been asked to carry out an investigation "as a matter of urgency". It could be a picture of a female junior doctor knackered after a twenty-hour shift aborting female foetuses.