By Dave Andrusko
Yesterday we ran Jack Coleman’s terrific summary of what former President Jimmy Carter said on the David Letterman Show where Mr. Carter straightforwardly equated sex-selection abortion with the murder of babies.
Specially Mr. Carter told Letterman
“Well, it’s the worst human rights abuse on earth and it’s basically unaddressed. I’ll start with the worst statistic that I know and that is that 160 million girls are now missing from the face of the earth because they were murdered at birth by their parents or either selectively aborted when their parents find out that the fetus is a girl. So that many people are missing and they’re all girls who are missing.”
Mr. Carter also promoted his new book in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” In his post, Mr. Coleman alluded to that appearance where Mr. Carter made very similar observations.
I’d like to talk about what he said in response to co-host Mika Brzezinski (the daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as Carter’s National Security Advisor). She is certainly not one of us.
She made the point that we are learning that “if you build up a woman you’re building a community.” Carter immediately picked up on that but took it in a direction Brzezinski likely had not intended. “That’s the best way,” Carter said
“to let a family know not to kill their baby girls. One of the most horrible statistics is that although there were 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust, there are 160,000 million girls missing on the face of the earth now who were killed or strangled by their parents at birth, because they didn’t want a girl, they wanted a boy. And now with the advent of sonograms they can detect that a fetus is female and they abort the girl fetus, selectively, to prevent girls being born. And that’s the kind of thing that has to be corrected.”
Most people who are not NRL News Today reader don’t know that Carter is alluding to journalist Mara Hvistendahl‘s book “Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men” where Hvistendahl estimated that worldwide there were already 160 million women “missing” because of sex-selection abortion made possible by ultrasounds. The book is several years old so the number is even higher!
We’ve written many times about the cognitive dissonance pro-abortion feminists experience in saying nothing about babies killed because—and only because—they are female. (“The Persistence of Sex-Selective Abortion and the Silence of Pro-Abortion Feminists”)
Again, Hvistendahl is no pro-lifer but note what she said in an extensive interview with TIME magazine.
“A preference for sons may be rooted in centuries-old tradition, but the rising sex ratio is no more than a few decades old. Hvistendahl explains that sex-selective abortion was in fact promoted by American scholars and non-governmental organizations in the 20th century as a way to stanch population growth. If families kept having children to ensure at least one son, the thinking went, then many ‘excess’ births could be averted by terminating the less-wanted female ones.”
[But it hasn’t been confined to sex-selective abortions. In an earlier book, Hvistendahl and historian Matthew Connelly documented that “many Americans and Europeans in Asia encouraged routine sterilization and even forced abortion among couples who already had children.”]
“In some ways, perhaps, the most likely advocates for the world’s missing girls are also the most hamstrung. Sex selection reveals deep gender discrimination. Yet the very women’s rights advocates who might fight that discrimination are often the same people who’ve campaigned hard in the U.S. and elsewhere to secure a woman’s right to choose her reproductive future.”
It is a serious understatement to say that Mr. Carter did not govern as a pro-life President. And in his post-presidential years he has made many, many controversial statements.
These comments made on the Letterman show and on “Morning Joe” are controversial in their own way. Not because they are debatable—they are not—but because they reveal a truth the Abortion Establishment and their legion of media enablers are desperate to keep buried.