Alarming Rise in Sex-Selection Abortion in Europe

sad-doll-toysBy Dave Andrusko

NRL News today has carried dozens and dozens of stories about “female feticide/gendercide” in South Asia, and, to a lesser extent, in Canada. By this is meant the use of ultrasound on a search-and-destroy mission, targeting unborn female babies simple because they are female.

But according to two stories that have appeared in recent days, that plague is spreading to Europe, and especially the Balkans. The irony—and it a huge irony—is that source is a recent study from the United Nations Population Fund. The UNFPA  has been a cheerleader and facilitator for China’s birth-quota program, which relies heavily on coerced abortion. For 20 +years, top UNFPA leaders have consistently praised China’s program and attacked its critics.

Reporting for the publication New Europe, Eleana Ralli writes that in “Albania, 112 boys are born for every 100 girls, while in Kosovo and Montenegro the figures stand at 110 and 109 boys per 100 girls respectively.” She quotes Christiane Woopen, a Cologne-based expert in medical ethics, who brings in another key facilitator: the use of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis.

“European statistics show that there are couples, who, after having three children of the same gender, are only implanted with an embryo of the other gender,” Woopen explains.

“In particular, with the help of ultrasound doctors can now determine the sex of a foetus after the 14th week of pregnancy, a fact that can lead to sex selection abortions,” Ralli writes. “However, aborting a foetus after this point, in the second third of a pregnancy, is illegal in many European countries, as is aborting a foetus because of its gender. This is not the case with the US, where the latter is legal.”

But it’s not just Albania and Macedonia ,  Ralli says, where sex-selection abortions are taking place. Danish media have indicated the existence of “abortion tourism” to Sweden, where abortion is legal later in pregnancy. “Moreover, studies from Norway and Britain suggest a gender imbalance among immigrants from Asian cultures, especially among second and third children,” Ralli reports.

The Council of Europe voiced its concern that “prenatal gender selection has reached worrying proportions” in a November 2011 resolution. “But the EU has no legal say on the matter since abortion law is decided and adopted by individual states alone,” Ralli reports.

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