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March 8 is International Women’s Day, a day to recognize women’s value and the contributions they have made to society.
This year, the pro-abortion Women’s March organizers co- opted the day to hold a “Day Without a Woman” strike to protest gender discrimination. While their strike focuses mainly on the economy and women in the workplace, the organizers have made it clear that they also support abortion on demand. Some of the top abortion advocacy groups in the U.S., including Planned Parenthood and NARAL, are premier partners.
In a statement released before the strike, the organizers said: “In the spirit of women and their allies coming together for love and liberation, we offer A Day Without A Woman. We ask: do businesses … align with a sustainable environment or do they profit off destruction and steal the futures of our children?”
But by supporting abortion, the strike organizers are contributing to one of the worst gender discrimination practices in the world today.
The abortion industry has been stealing children’s futures for decades in America, and even perpetuating gender discrimination by telling women it’s OK to abort a baby girl just because she’s a girl.
As Margot Cleveland wrote for The Federalist this week, “Today, then, while our privileged sisters enjoy their pity party over the election of Donald Trump—which is really what the strike is about—the rest of us can pause and pray for the women the world is really without, and for those whose lives are worse off because of their absence.”
She pointed to research from the Guttmacher Institute indicating that approximately 750 million girls have been aborted in the world since 1980.
“Teachers, doctors, scientists, novelists, daughters, sisters, and friends—the world has been deprived of their presence, promise, and love,” Cleveland continued. “Abortion is not an equal- opportunity killer, either.”
Sex-selection abortions have become a major cause for concern across the world. In India and China, for example, unborn girls are frequently targeted for abortion, and population numbers show it.
The 2011 India census found there were 914 girls for every 1,000 boys under age 7 – the most unbalanced gender ratios in the world, according to the BBC. In some parts of the country, the problem was even worse. For example, in the Indian state of Tiruvannamalai, men outnumbered women at a ratio of 1,000 to 878 .
Recent census data from China found that there were 708 million men and 675 million women in China in 2016, a further indication of the on-going abuse against girls. Chinese government data from 2014 found the gender ratio at birth was an unnatural 115.88 boys for every 100 girls.
Sometimes pregnant women also are subjected to abuse because they are carrying a baby girl. In September, LifeNews reported about a gruesome case where an Indian woman’s in-laws allegedly poured gas on her and tried to set her on fire because they believed she was pregnant with a girl.
Though there is not as much data about it, sex-selection abortions also appear to be a problem in the U.S. Currently, only seven states prohibit these discriminatory abortions.
According to research by the Charlotte Lozier Institute , “One major study that analyzed U.S. Census data from 2000 found that third births in families of foreign- born Chinese, Indians, and Koreans in the U.S. who already had two daughters displayed a ratio of 151 boys to 100 girls—an extreme male- biased ratio.”
Millions of women are missing today because they were discriminated against while they were still in the womb. It’s a huge problem, one that pro-life feminists and others are working hard to stop. Yet, feminists who support abortion remain largely silent on this issue.
A Day Without a Woman is a fitting name for a pro-abortion effort. No one will ever know how many more women’s lives and contributions we would be able to celebrate and honor, were it not for abortion.