Sex-Selective Abortion: 1 More for the Road

It’s always amusing to watch someone writhing in the throes of a bogus Indignance High over something they’re widely known not to give a rat’s ass about.  For the Authoritarian Right, sex-selective abortion — the rare and weird practice of aborting female fetuses because daughters are seen as undesirable — is one such issue. While the more extreme Right routinely spirals into psychotic episodes over any kind of abortion, their claim to be concerned about this particular kind because it discriminates against females somehow doesn’t ring true.  After all, this is the same crowd that would force a now-20-year-old ex-fetus to carry a fetus of her own to term.

As I said in my “Bonus Track” back here, I find the “sex selective abortion” meme a little dubious at best.  Certainly it goes on, and where it does go on, no doubt it’s a foul practice. But I question whether it’s rampant enough in Canada to warrant the pandemic of pearl clutching it’s provoked in recent years.

It’s an issue that comes and goes.  But now, in the wake of Motion 312 and its companion Motion 408 — to “condemn sex selective abortion” — it’s back in all its hyperventilating, gasping glory.  And like clockwork, the relentless Blame Game has kicked off:

Fascist feminists!  And predictably, the persistent question:

Not that any feminist has ever claimed to support sex selective abortion, and one could only see it that way by wearing “With Us Or Against Us” blinders.  As for “not a single feminist” ever addressing the issuePuh-leeeeease! But when did these people ever let reality get in the way of a good outragegasm?

What’s dumbly perceived as “support” is simply consistency for those who agree with the current laissez-faire status of abortion in Canada.  I don’t actively “support” sex selection as a reason for an abortion; actually I think it’s a hideous reason.  But that’s my opinion and it’s irrelevant in the context of anyone else.  For good or ill, the reasons for an abortion are the business of the woman having it and nobody else: the decision is hers and hers alone to make.  I will always support whatever decision a woman makes: whether I “approve of” her reasons for making it is a non-issue.

And if those “fascist feminists” aren’t keeping up with the speed, volume and spittle-flecked fury of right-wing commentary on sex selective abortion, maybe it’s because they’re busy working to create the conditions that would render it non-existent: a world where women and girls are valued as much as anyone else.  And we could sure use some help!

7 Responses to “Sex-Selective Abortion: 1 More for the Road”


  1. 1 kayveee1000 Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Yep, dubious is right. Contingency plan ‘B’ when m312 failed. I feel like I am forever repeating myself these days…. but is Harper planning to allow women to be attacked for the next 3 yrs? Brilliant strategy, lets Reeaalllyyy PISS OFF majority of Canadian Women!!

    • 2 JJ Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      IMO M408 is nothing but a desperate attempt to keep the legs under this thing running along at top speed. M312 got a lot of traction; can’t blame the fetushists for wanting to keep the party going.

      That’s why I’m not putting the same kind of energy into it as I devoted to M312 — if they want to keep yapping about it, by all means do so, but I’m not interested in contributing to it. Especially since this motion is relatively dumb & harmless and does nothing but ask the House to “condemn” sex selection – not to conduct studies that would lead to laws being made.

      If it ever starts going in that direction I’ll be right on it, but for now it’s just kabuki theatre.

  2. 3 Sixth Estate Monday, October 1, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Fascist feminists are certainly an unusual breed of fascist. Most fascists want more laws. Fascist feminists, however, want fewer laws.

    In fact, with regard to abortion in Canada, they want NO laws at all. I think that makes you an anarcho-fascist feminist.

    This is indeed an important discovery. I don’t think anyone even realized anarcho-fascists until now.

  3. 6 fhg1893 Monday, October 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    No such thing as fascist feminists? *COUGH* Gun registry! *COUGH* *COUGH*Barbra Schlifer clinic!*COUGH*

    Oh, excuse me.

    I can’t help but beg to differ on feminist political policy. Feminists tend to get lumped in with statists these days, minus JJ, and for good reason for the most part. With abortion and abortion only, it’s “HANDS OFF, but keep the taxpayers dollars coming!”

    And given the vast promises that Canada has made in terms of health care, education, and social security, I have to wonder if indeed the government does have a legitimate interest in limiting abortion if only for the sake of continuing revenue to fund all of these socialist Ponzi schemes. After all, social security basically depends on having more taxpayers coming in than going out, and if we don’t have enough, we have to import them. Indeed, my wife who came to Canada to escape European Communism in the 1980’s has stated that abortion was effectively outlawed. A quick glance at Wikipedia shows that under socialism, abortion is legal when convenient, and illegal when it becomes inconvenient. I wonder if modern gender-feminism realizes just who it’s actually in bed with…

    But that’s awfully cynical, and runs against my libertarian leanings. While I can see the argument being advanced that abortion deprives the state of a potential taxpayer, taxpayers would surely pay more to support and care for those dysfunctional families which have been strained by unwanted pregnancies. So, it would seem to me that the best option is the present one, though I do have to question the imposed taxpayer funding of an elective surgery.

    And concerning sex-selection, well, I’m glad to see that there are still a handful of feminists who can remember that the whole point is that the genders are of equal value and worth, and remember that the point is to build a world where that exists. If there were more, I’d take the “f” label myself, but sadly, given that these are now the minority of feminists, I have no choice but to keep my three letter label. Especially given the actions of a certain clueless Toronto clinic in a blatant attempt to manipulate the courts into defying the express will of the Canadian electorate. There are battles yet to come on that front.

    I just couldn’t leave a comment without some fly in the ointment.


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