By Dave Andrusko
When the leader of Britain’s oldest pro-abortion group, the Family Planning Association, admitted she was “struggling” with the issue of sex-selective abortion, it was a rare admission by a self-described “pro-choice feminist” that aborting children because they are female is an almost intolerable dilemma.
Julie Bentley, as is required by pro-abortionists, denounced the investigative reporting by the Daily Telegraph which found that abortion clinics were willing to abort on the basis of the baby’s sex without a second thought. Clinicians admitted they were prepared to falsify paperwork to arrange the abortions even though it is illegal to conduct such ‘sex-selection’ procedures. Without getting into the substance of the findings, Bentley writes of the “hysterical demonization of abortion professionals.”
Bentley, between the lines, also concedes that there are virtually no limitations under the 1967 Abortion Act. Strangely, she tells us that “Abortion is a red herring,” presumably because women can abort for any reason or no reason. Bentley then gets to the nub of her column: “We should be asking ourselves, why? Why are women requesting to abort female foetuses?”
She understands and recites the historical and cultural reasons before pondering what (for pro-abortion feminists) is the imponderable:
On the one hand, a woman may well be facing familial pressure to abort a female, so shouldn’t “pro-choice feminists” get out of the way so she can get a “safe, legal abortion?”
On the other hand, Bentley wrote, if “pro-choice feminists” accept sex-selection abortion, ”are we also indirectly colluding with unacceptable discrimination? And therefore, allowing it to go on unchallenged for generations to come”?
At the end of her column, Bentley told her readers, “I don’t think there are simple answers to dilemmas of this complexity.” This reminds the reader of what she said at the beginning: that asking this question “doesn’t make me a hypocrite or water down my pro-choice values. But it does mean I’m asking myself some really difficult questions.”
Anthony Ozimic of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) may have put it best when he said, “Ms. Bentley’s admission proves that the pro-abortion lobby has no convincing answers to the scandal of sex-selective abortion.”